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Science & Nature Themed Submissions

We are now accepting Haiku, Tanka, Science, and Nature Poetry submissions to our site. It seems there’s a shortage of websites, and literary journals for that matter, that accept and encourage these types of poetry, which saddens us deeply.

We’re also on the lookout for any similarly themed art. This includes photography, drawings, recordings, and anything else in-between. So if you have material that doesn’t quite ‘fit’ into a category, that’s OK.

Articles and essays related to nature, wildlife, or science are welcome too.

Unfortunately, we cannot pay you anything at present, and we do not guarantee publication. However, we will consider all submissions carefully.

Traditional (5-7-5 Haiku, 5-7-5-7-7 Tanka) and free-form styles are both fine. We try to keep an open mind.

What we want:

  1. Any Haiku, Tanka, or other form of micro-poetry.
  2. Any length Nature/Environmental themed poetry.
  3. Any Science or Technology themed poetry.
  4. Art, video, or photographs.
  5. Articles and essays about any aspect of nature, science, or the environment.

 

As the author, you keep all rights to your work, and can request its removal at anytime. We reserve the right to promote it via social media, email etc.

So, if you have any Haiku sitting around without a home…

Send them to: save.the.tierra@gmail.com

  1. Paste poem(s) or other written material in the body of the email, along with the name you wish it credited to. Send images as attachments.
  2. Please include ‘Submission’ in the subject line.
  3. Expect an ‘accepted’ or ‘declined’ email within about a month.

You can direct any questions to the same address.

Kate Alsbury | Editor

@land_alliance

‘Avant L′ Hiver’ By Akka Ballenger Constantin

Anant Lhiver

Before the Winter

Dazzled
For reasons not understood
Unknown.
How I love this rain
And how my heart dances,
My little heart, who follows the autumn and moon.
Tonight, we will share the stars
One by one.
None for me ; I don’t want any.
I don’t want anything of this beautiful rain of yesteryear
Except for one yellow leaf
To bring warmth into my winter.

 

Visit Akka’s website planetakka.blogspot.com 
Follow her on Twitter @PlanetAkka 
Instagram @drommeren. 

 Read “Trees Dreaming”

 

Poems By Joseph Ellison Brockway – Vol. 1

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“We Are Making A New World” By Paul Nash (1918)

 

Modern Life

My life’s soundtrack is
synthesized cardinals chirping,
audio-enhanced rain falling.

I amble under
the azure illumination above,
stumble over decomposing dross:
recycled soda can aluminum planters,
copper wire bird nests,
compact disc wind chimes,
vinyl record beehives . . .

From below, a tree reaches out with
its roots through concrete sidewalks—
straightjackets,
and photosynthesizes the SPF off of my face
before its pesticide death.


Trees In Rigor Mortis

Look how the trees reach up towards the heavens, but not in prayer or supplication, more like imitation—jealous of the
concrete and glass skyscrapers, or suffocation—gasping for a breath of fresh air, or liberation—escaping the trampled paths
of humanity.

Like the bees, the trees also have begun to despair and disappear. In the city they are confined to parks and small squares in
the middle of concrete boulevards while the humans are free to roam with their unbridled capitalist consumption.

In the middle of winter, at dusk, the outlines of the trees’ branches—veiny silhouette, deciduous corpse in rigor mortis—
against the backdrop of the gray dismal sky are a metaphor for life.
I heard someone once say that poetry is freedom; it’s poetic how the trees long to free themselves from humanity.


Joseph Ellison Brockway is a poet, translator, and Spanish professor working on a Ph.D. in Studies of Literature and Translation. He likes to experiment with language and ideas that explore human psyche, existence, and collective myth. He is currently translating Island: Mythical Coffer by Spanish surrealist Eugenio Fernández Granell, and his writings and poetry have recently been published in LeHigh Valley Vanguard, The Rising Phoenix Review, Dirty Chai, Full of Crow, Reunion: The Dallas Review, and Surreal Poetics. Joseph can be found on Twitter at @JosephEBrockway.

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For more about Akka visit planetakka.blogspot.com
Follow her on Twitter @PlanetAkka 
Instagram @drommeren.
Read ‘The Rain’ by Akka Ballenger Constantin

‘Trees Dreaming’ By Akka Ballenger Constantin

The first in a series of poems entitled “Stories From My Grasslands” by Akka Ballenger Constantin, exploring the beautiful and occasionally melancholy side of nature. Each poem is presented with a stunning photograph by Akka. Visit her website planetakka.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @PlanetAkka – Instagram @drommeren.

Check back for more in the coming months.

 

The Rain

‘The Rain’ By Akka Ballenger Constantin

Seaweed Ant Bait: A Biodegradable Alternative

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Credit: Choe Laboratory, UC Riverside

Could this be a safer insecticide?

Some of us eat it, some of us can’t stand it, but seaweed could be a key ingredient in safer farming techniques.

After finding out that ants were killing off a wasp species researches needed to kill the Asian citrus psyllid, they developed Hydrogel.

It’s an inexpensive seaweed-based ant bait that’s biodegradable, and is proving effective in controlling Argentinean ants.

University of California researchers have found that these jello-like liquid spheres can reduce ant populations drastically.

“A 70 percent reduction is really successful, especially considering we are not spraying an insecticide but instead using a very targeted method that is better for the environment.”

– Dong-Hwan Choe, assistant professor of entomology

Hydrogels are similar to other liquid ant baits, but they are absorbent and can retain water over long periods of time.

They’re made of sugar water laced with .0001 percent thiamethoxam, which is about 100 times less than what is in standard gel traps, and 1,000 times less than typical spray insecticides.

It probably won’t be available on the market for awhile. In need of insect repellents now?  Visit this page for organic ways you can keep pests away from your home and garden.

Seaweeds are rich in minerals and fast growing – some can grow up to 3 feet a day. Hopefully this means an easy, sustainable supply.

It’s also becoming a popular non-chemical fertilizer for farming and gardening.

You can read more about seaweed fertilizer at dengarden.com/gardeningno-dig-vegetablegarden.com, and growgreatvegetables.com.

Poems For Summer Vol. 1

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Kate Alsbury

ITINERANT BEE
DUTIFULLY PROCURING
SCENT OF A THOUSAND FLOWERS.
                -Kate Alsbury 


BUZ, BUZ, BUZ
BUZ, BUZ, BUZ--SAYS THE GREAT BUZZING BEE.
GO AWAY BUTTERFLY--THIS FLOWER IS FOR ME.
WHY? WHY? WHY? SAYS THE LITTLE BUTTERFLY,
IF YOU MAY SIT ON THIS FLOWER, WHY MAY'NT I?
                        -Clara Doty Bates 


SURROUNDED BY HEAT
THE BATTLE WON AT SUNDOWN
SLOW DAYS IN THE SHADE.
               -Kate Alsbury


THE TREES SHIVER

GOLDEN SHAFTS 

BURN THE LAST FROST

FROM WILLOWED BLADES.
                -Kate Alsbury


WILD GEESE WRITE A LINE

FLAP-FLAPPING ACROSS THE SKY ...

COMICAL DUTCH SCRIPT
                       -Soin


IN THESE DARK WATERS

DRAWN UP FROM MY FROZEN WELL ...

GLITTERING OF SPRING
                       -Ringai


PUFFY GRAY BLANKET

BRINGS A MORNING RAINSHOWER

WE ALL HAVE A BATH
                       -Kate Alsbury