Plant Talk: Allying with the Amazon

The Plants, the Forests, Indigenous Peoples are in trouble, and eager to converse with us, that we may be allies, at this time of Dire Beauty. Guest Michael Stuart Ani – will be our co-cahooting guide.

Michael Stuart Ani is an American writer, musician and explorer notable for residing with the Yanomami people of the Amazon rainforest. Author of “The Ghost Dance, an untold History of the Americas” – (Until now!).


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“Allying with the Amazon”

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  1. The Mary Oliver poem with which Caroline opened today’s show, (Jan. 17, 2019, iwth Michael Stuart Ani). What was it? I was driving in my car when I heard it, but sadly couldn’t replay it when I got home nor remember enough of the poem to find it on line. Your guidance will help.

    • Eryn Alloway says:

      From Caroline:

      “Wild Geese”

      and then “The Summer Day”
      then “When Death Comes”

      Mary Oliver reading Wild Geese

      Wild Geese
      “You do not have to be good.
      You do not have to walk on your knees
      For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
      You only have to let the soft animal of your body
      love what it loves.
      Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
      Meanwhile the world goes on.
      Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
      are moving across the landscapes,
      over the prairies and the deep trees,
      the mountains and the rivers.
      Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
      are heading home again.
      Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
      the world offers itself to your imagination,
      calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
      over and over announcing your place
      in the family of things.”

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