RENSSELAER, N.Y. >> In "Writers and the War Against Nature," Gary Snyder describes the wild side of the human mind as large, deep, complex The explorers of the wild mind are often writers and artists."

Nature poetry can help us remember our connection to our environment. Many nature poets celebrate natural beauty or describe personal responses to experiences in nature. Others confront environmental devastation and injustice. Possibly the most important reason to read, write or listen to nature poems is that they remind us to pay attention to our world. They call on us to use all our senses to discover aspects of wildness inside ourselves.

The featured Poetwill be Barbara Ungar.Other poets Stuart Bartow, Alan Casline, John Couturier, Dawn Marar, Anita Marrone, Linda Miller, Robert Miller, Katrinka Moore, Philomena Moriarty, Claire North, Mark O'Brien, Susan Oringel, Michael Peters, Joan Lauri Poole, Elizabeth Poreba, Dianne Sefcik, Lee Slonimsky, and Emileigh Tanner will present at "Wild Minds: Nature poetry at the Huyck Preserve on April 23 from 3-5 p.m.

The Research Station on Lincoln Pond (284 Pond Hill Rd., Rensselaerville) at the Huyck Preserve is a logical setting for an afternoon of readings of original work by regional poets, as well as readings of well-known poets by guest readers. It is a peaceful place where readers and audience members can respond to poetic explorations of the natural world.


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