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John Lane

John Lane is professor of English and Environmental Studies at Wofford College and director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, with his latest, COYOTE SETTLES THE SOUTH, selected as a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal in Natural History Writing. A member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Lane is one of the co-founders of Spartanburg’s Hub City Writers Project.

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Anthropocene Blues: Poems
By author: John Lane
Product Code: P549
ISBN: 9780881466256
Product Format: Paperback / softback
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Price:  $17.00
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In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past. Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel,/bow thrusters, and tax shelters…”