Starbuck and book cover

For many people, climate change can feel distant and abstract. San Diego poet Scott T. Starbuck hopes his poems can help change that.

Starbuck: “I spend hours researching the science, and then I let my unconscious and intuition work in the metaphors and the images to try to carry that information to people in a way that will have meaning for them.”

In his new book, Hawk on Wire, several poems portray a world transformed by global warming, while others capture glimpses of nature that Starbuck hopes everyone can relate to and appreciate.

For example, he reads a short piece called “Punch Bowl Hike Meditation”:

Starbuck: “For 30 years I’ve talked to myself about climate change/ but now most everyone is/ When you think that long you feel for Nina in flower garden/ sparrow on fence.”

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Starbuck wants his readers to slow down, observe nature, and reflect on it. This, he believes, will inspire them to take action.

Starbuck: “Pay attention to birds and fish and trees. Listen to the natural world and then listen to your own heart.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy (Hawk on Wire book cover and promo video screen capture).

Bud Ward

Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...