Reconnect to the Earth with Poetry
A New York poet living in Peru, River Ripa says, “When you open your heart to connectivity with the Earth, whether that means a walk on a nature trail, a stroll beneath the moonlight or a sitting session beside the ocean, you rediscover bliss, compassion, creativity and peace. We need to move away from loving the Earth being a hippie thing—it’s a human thing. It’s at the innermost of every human being to love Mother Earth.”
Her new book, Of the Earth: Planetary Poetry, is a spiritual and imaginative quest into the lessons offered by nature. It is inventive, with each poem having its own voice, plus golden threads of Ripa’s muses. Ancient Taoist parables, Hindu scripture, Native American prayer, Aboriginal dreamtime, the creativity of Calvino and environmentalism of Muir all can be felt in her words. She acknowledges, “It has been a privilege to put this collection together and take the reader on a journey through the many landscapes, both inner and outer, of this extraordinary existence.”
Ripa has received accolades from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and Philosopher’s Stone Poetry. A free spirit, she follows her heart and her poetry wherever she hears the Earth call. She’s lived in India, Colorado and Peru; rafted through the Grand Canyon, camped in the Australian outback; and hiked through the rain forests of Costa Rica to connect more deeply with the planet.
“We are all of the Earth—there is no side to take in that matter,” says Ripa. “By connecting with the Earth, by protecting the biodiversity of this planet, we connect with and protect the most essential part of our nature.”