Richard Sidney ARNOLD
May 29, 1954 ~ May 4, 2017 (age 62)
English Professor at Vancouver Island University, British Columbia, Canada.
B.A. (South Alabama)
Ecological and environmental literature (especially English Romantics, American Transcendentalists, and recent writers such as Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, and Mary Oliver), nautical literature (e.g. Melville, Conrad, Cooper, London), 20th/21st c. Canadian and American Poetry.
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Conservation and Uses of Nature in writings of Thoreau, Muir, and Abbey”
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: I am most interested in enabling students to develop a “voice”: not only in the classroom but in life. I always strive to identify and make students aware of their own talents. I frequently get my students out of the classroom, onto the trails, and into the woods. I believe that all human success is ultimately directly related to how we treat our natural environment. Education offers one of the few viable means by which to address any number of crises we are facing. These include Race, Gender, Economics, the Self, and Nature.
or the only
nature that’s saved
will be wild hairy comets
with venomous tails
attacking from jungles
of light-years and dust
to teach us too late
how much (love)ly we’ve lost
2003, Richard Arnold
Hot dry June. Before driving
Tending the grape, his favorite.
Young vines cling like
Relentless, tugging, tugging.
He notes encroaching trees
He's gone! he thinks, and walks to the car.
In his throat something bubbles
Abortion in the Woods
brutal either way
the mangled roots
An orgasmic shudder—must have been two whales
The ancient waves of pleasure make him desist
He recollects the last time he stopped here—
Today, expecting they've not only killed
But then the vivid cries of joy ascending,
Relenting, he makes an entry in his ledger: