Heirlooms are book reviews of works that have played an important role in the environmental movement or have otherwise contributed to the literature of environmental consciousness. 

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Riverhead Books, 2017.


As you acclimate to the narrator’s consciousness, you’ll realize that some things are obviated so that other things can sing. All of Bennett’s true focal points are microscopic (the plastic cook nobs on her stove, the way fruit sits in a ceramic bowl, the party guests in spatial relation to the chaise lounge, the sounds of frogs in rain).

To Look Out From by Dede Cummings

Homebound Publications, 2017.

Reviewed by TIM WEED

A keen and patient observer of the New England landscape, Cummings beckons us into her poems with images so transfixing that they’re impossible not to visualize.

Winterkill by Todd Davis

Michigan State University Press, 2016. 

Reviewed by JAMES CREWS

Gratitude and wonder radiate from each of Davis's poems, rendering them sacraments for readers lucky and openhearted enough to receive them. Surely Winterkill will solidify Davis's reputation as one of our most fearless, attentive chroniclers of the natural world, which he shows, over and over, must also include humans.