In Morning Earth, John Caddy advocates for a daily practice of poetry, to explore the world and one’s self.
Caddy approaches poetry almost as a physical act: a morning practice or devotion, a decision to record quickly and without forethought the direct, momentary experience of each new day. Organized by the seasons of the year, beginning with fall, these poems find wildness near at hand—and, through its recording, deepen consciousness of the physical processes of the earth and our own lives. Along the way, Caddy provides suggestions for individuals, teachers, and students who want to start their own daily poetry journals.
At once lovely and inspiring, Morning Earth encourages both new and seasoned writers to explore their inner and outer worlds.
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Praise and Prizes
“[These poems] feature a loamy specificity that can be as beautiful as deer tracks on fresh snow. . . . Read them for their beauty.”
“For readers who seek a guide for daily observations of nature . . . John Caddy’s keen observations contain much interesting detail and metaphor language.”
“These poems are beautiful in their simplicity and John Caddy follows the poems with helpful advice about ‘Earth Journaling,’ a practice that might benefit all of us regardless of age.”
“Imagine what changes we could work if we all joined John Caddy in seeing the earth clearly, for one instant, each day.”
“Each poem bears the unmistakable stamp of truly being there, a whole person in an immediate world. The commentary emerges later, in the reflective quiet. I for one am glad that John Caddy lets each form stand alone, as distinct kinds of experience.”
“You read John Caddy’s marvelous poetic meditations and you feel the secret powers of nature stir in your mind. Joyous, spontaneous, and deeply sensuous, Morning Earth is a work of rare delight. The earth speaks through Caddy’s words.”
“John Caddy once again provides us with insights, delights and provocations on the particulars of being alive in a complex world. This is a must read.”