About the Poems
by Elizabeth Bradfield
The poems here are the start of a dialogue with Nature Poetry. As a working naturalist, I find myself drawn to exploring our ecological problems and the different ways people come to "big nature," whether it be glaciers, whales, or birds. I'm fascinated by the interplay of expectation, hope, frustration, and boredom which it seems to me characterizes many of our encounters with the non-urban. How does information (particularly scientific information) help or hinder our approach to the natural world? How can we appreciate nature without romanticizing it, or at least appreciate it with an awareness of our romanticization?