Editor's Note

What makes a place habitable? How can we inhabit nature without the violence that comes from trying to master it? This month we present poetry on the theme of nature, which, after America's exit from the Paris climate agreement in June, feels especially poignant and reminds us of these urgent questions. Here are a few poets whose works immerse us in the natural world and speak of preservation, intervention, loss, and life.

In her poem "Dusk is Anytime at the Edge of Hibernation,"  Sawnie Morris asks, Who avers, evokes. / Awareness of some thing already set / in motion. Read on to see why we answer, "these poets."