Paws Healing The Earth Book Launch

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Paws Healing The Earth Book Launch

“…this anthology feels as much like a group prayer as it does like a book.” ~ Melissa Studdard

Paws Healing The Earth (poetry anthology) was officially launched on April 20th, 2021, in an online event premiered on YouTube hosted by River Paw Press.

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The book launch was attended by honored guests and Paws Healing The Earth contributors: Christopher Merrill, Lee Upton, Melissa Studdard, William O’Daly, Xánath Caraza , Amata Natasha Goldie, and the editor of the anthology Kalpna Singh-Chitnis. The event was emceed by River Paw Press team members Nirvan Chitnis and Vishwa Chitnis.

The chief guest, Christopher Merrill, officially launched the book by unveiling the print copy of Paws Healing The Earth, which came wrapped in a ceremonial Indian cloth. The image of Troy, the Lhasa Apso, was hand-printed on the fabric by IWP, The University of Iowa (Between the Lines) alumna, and fashion model Vishwa Chitnis to honor the canine, who inspired the anthology.

The editor of Paws Healing The Earth, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis, shared the story behind Paws Healing The Earth and the core belief of River Paw Press.

The guests of honor congratulated the contributing poets and the editor of Paws Healing The Earth in their speech and read their personal statements and poems from the collection as a tribute to all animals and wildlife.

“…it seems to me that Paws Healing The Earth is an effort by poets from everywhere to give us a sense of how to be a part of the Search Party (of W.S. Merwin’s lost dog ), how to find that kind of meaning that in its way can help us to heal the earth.” ~ Christopher Merrill

Reflecting on Paws Healing The Earth, poet Melissa Studdard said that “…this anthology feels as much like a group prayer as it does like a book.”She also mentioned how poets in their language can voice the concerns of animals and their threatened existence.

Paws Healing The Earth Book Launch

“…animals teach us everything we seek to be as humans. Their presence is a gift of unconditional love, loyalty, compassion, devotion, joy, and peace.” ~ Amata Natasha Goldie

Christopher Merrill read an important piece in which he spoke of the time he spent at W.S. Merwin‘s ranch in Maui. He read his poem, “Search Party,” that Merwin wrote after one of his dogs was kidnapped on the island –

“By now I know most of the faces
that will appear beside me as
long as there are still images
I know at last what I would choose
the next time if there ever was
a time again I know the days
that open in the dark like this
I do not know where Maoli is…”  ~
W.S. Merwin

He added that “…it seems to me that Paws Healing The Earth is an effort by poets from everywhere to give us a sense of how to be a part of the search party, how to find that kind of meaning that in its way can help us to heal the earth.” 

Lee Upton said that she was honored to be a part of the project with so many remarkable poets. She also expressed her concerns about animals imperiled through deforestation, wildfire, climate change, and many different threats. Moreover, how animals brought healing during the pandemic. 

“I hope that the fallen leaves, Mayan Gods and Goddesses, the wind, the hummingbird, and the liquid serpent of jade accompany your steps on every one of these poems in Paws Healing the Earth.”  ~ Xánath Caraza

William O’Daly read a piece about how he related to animals when he was a child, and now he thinks it is necessary to celebrate them. 

Australian poet Amata Natasha Goldie reminded that “…animals teach us everything we seek to be as humans. Their presence is a gift of unconditional love, loyalty, compassion, devotion, joy, and peace.” Amata also mentioned herself as the caretaker of animals she rescues from the shelter, mostly old animals with health issues. 

Xánath Caraza honored all sacred animals and their spirit in her poetry. She talked about animals in cultural contexts, exploring her Mayan and Aztec roots in East Mexico. At the end of her speech, she said a prayer – “I hope that the fallen leaves, Mayan Gods and Goddesses, the wind, the hummingbird, and the liquid serpent of jade accompany your steps on every one of these poems in Paws Healing the Earth.” 

In the second half of the event, the honored guests read their poems from the anthology evoking deep emotions and empathy for the animal world. Kalpna Singh-Chitnis read Robert Pinsky‘s poem “Door,” featured in Paws Healing The Earth, to honor and express her gratitude to the two terms US poet laureate for supporting the book. She also read the poem “The Mockingbird” (a traditional Acoma Pueblo song) translated by Jennifer Reeser to say a special thanks to the poet and honor her native roots. Vishwa Chitnis and Nirvan Chitnis read two poems from the anthology to celebrate their rescued dog Hachi and a Red Fox Family.

“…O kitty, If the doors
Of perception were cleansed
All things would appear as they are,

Infinite. Come in, darling, drowse
Comfortably near my feet…”
 ~Robert Pinsky

At the end of the ceremony, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis read her two poems: “Epiphany,” dedicated to her family dog, Troy, the inspiration behind the book, and the title poem of the anthology “Paws Healing The Earth,” in which she discovers her animal-selves and forest as her home.

More than a poetry anthology Paws Healing The Earth, is a modest effort to raise awareness about animal rights. The contributing poets, through their poems, discover the sacredness of our natural environment and honor all the animals who share the planet with us.  

Paws Healing The Earth features seventy-five animal poems by forty-four new and established poets from across the world. The book is available on major online book retailers internationally and at the official website of River Paw Press.

Through Paws Healing The Earth, River Paw Press wants to give back to the community to help animals. For information on charitable donations, please contact River Paw Press.

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“For as long as space endures 
And for as long as living beings remain, 
Until then may I too abide 
To dispel the misery of the world.”
― Shantideva

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You Once Were Many


You once were many, but now you are few,
Now, you are refugees in your own land,
Your families were lost as you fled,
Your forests burnt to the ground,
As the winds howled,
Carrying the screams of death,
Throughout your once green paradise


You are our furry friends,
Our feathered friends,
Our scaly and winged creatures,
You dwell in the native bushland of Australia,
Keeping the balance of the ecosystem,
Tending to your families,
Fleeing from predators,


But now blackened bush, like sticks of charcoal
Are the remnants of your homeland,
And whole generations of species
Are no longer,
Stolen by the tsunami of the fires that spread relentlessly
And those that remain have become refugees
In their own land that once supported life


Once there was a symphony of cicadas and birdsong,
And a gentle rustling through the bush,
As the furry friends made their way through,
Now there are no animal homes,

No nests for the birds,
No branches for the koalas,
No greenery for the kangaroos,
No food, and no peaceful place to rest upon


The elders know this land,
A sacred connection, unbroken
But this ancient knowledge, is not consulted by the laws of the
West
And 46 million acres were burnt,
And one billion animals were lost,
And fires burned not for days, or weeks, but months
And we as a nation, mourned your loss


You are our winged, scaly, furry and feathered friends
You once were many, but now you are few

©️ Amata Goldie 2020


Honoured to be invited to read my poem at the Official Book Launch ~Paws Healing The Earth Poetry Anthology,

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River Paw Press’ Youtube Channel @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI6AbydO3hsJHBxmXZIKffQ

Join us for the launch of the “Paws Healing The Earth, the first poetry anthology of River Paw Press on Tuesday, April 20th. The event will take place at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fud0XZLqRQU

“Paws Healing The Earth” is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online stores worldwide. River Paw Press is offering FREE SHIPPING worldwide until April 30th. If you want to get a copy of the book for yourself, follow the link – http://riverpawpress.com/index.php/paws-healing-the-earth/

We hope you can join us for the launch and reading of “Paws Healing The Earth” to celebrate our environment, animals, and wildlife. Individual reading series will follow after the official launch of the book. Thank you, all! 🐾💚🌎#environment#animals#wildlife#earth#poetry#NationalPoetryMonth 

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Paws Healing The Earth

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Honoured to be a contributing poet in this beautiful Poetry Anthology.

What the world needs now is more love, caring, compassion, healing and connection

For all our beloved animals. How lucky we are to be the caretakers of your precious souls.

Delighted to be invited to read my poems at the Official Book Launch ~Paws Healing The Earth Poetry Anthology,

Copyright – Published by River Paw Press ~

River Paw Press’ Youtube Channel @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI6AbydO3hsJHBxmXZIKffQ

Join us for the launch of the “Paws Healing The Earth, the first poetry anthology of River Paw Press on Tuesday, April 20th. The event will take place at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fud0XZLqRQU

“Paws Healing The Earth” is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online stores worldwide. River Paw Press is offering FREE SHIPPING worldwide until April 30th. If you want to get a copy of the book for yourself, follow the link – http://riverpawpress.com/index.php/paws-healing-the-earth/

We hope you can join us for the launch and reading of “Paws Healing The Earth” to celebrate our environment, animals, and wildlife. Individual reading series will follow after the official launch of the book. Thank you, all! 🐾💚🌎#environment#animals#wildlife#earth#poetry#NationalPoetryMonth 

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Be Still, Listen

Be still
Listen

The serenity of the natural world beckons,
There are no planes in the sky now
Only birds,
And clouds, painted with Gods paintbrush

The cities and townships have quietened,
The pollution has lifted from great Gaia
For a century her breath has laboured
And now humanity wears the mask
To protect us
From a virus of our own making

Be still
Listen

Her medicinal treasures are fecund
She grows the cures for all ailments
She still bleeds oil to fuel our machines
And the almighty Sun gives so abundantly of his free energy
But still we don’t listen

An agenda devised an eon ago,
And a virus patented a year ago
Now takes centre stage
In the drama play
Another test
Between two opposites
Made famous in Hollywood scripts

Be still
Listen

Humanity stayed home,
And accepted
Fear reigned supreme
And survival became paramount
Some prayed and connected,
Others lost themselves in despair
Acts of kindness
And acts of war,
The choice lay within

Question what you hear
Question what you believe
The unveiling is ripe,
For those who yearn to see,
Empty your mind
And bathe your soul
In the miracle of the natural world

She does not seek to control us, to surveil us, or to vaccinate us
There are no patents on sovereignty and freedom
There is no darkness in the natural world
Even in the depths of caves shine crystalline light,
Just as stars sparkle in the midnight sky
Yet the agenda of darkness
Is ever present upon Her
And the battle is hidden from our view

Be Still
Awaken

©️ Amata Goldie 2020

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Carrying Peace Within

Spinning and spiralling
I came in search
And found your oasis of peace
You showed me the path to the rainbow

Deep breath in and deep breath out
Downward facing dog,
Upside down I could see clearly again
I touched the pinnacle of clarity
Flowing in unison
Returning to wholeness
Child’s pose, my new surrender

You guided me to the bridge to eternity
And I found a familiar homecoming
Timelessness revealed herself to me
Far from the spiralling and spinning
I found oneness,
And a voice whispered, “Beloved, this is yours whenever you choose”

I cried on the inside
Truth never departs
It is as constant as the dawn of each new day
Once again I was facing the sun
Tears of gratitude in knowingness that
You gave me a gift so precious
I emerged from your sacred temple
Carrying peace within

🙏🙏🙏

For beautiful Yoga Goddess Gerri

©️ Amata Goldie 2020

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Rebirth

Rebirth my sweet children

Open the floodgates and let the vastness of your soul overflow

Unchain yourselves from the burdens of mortal woes

Dance as your true self

A Spirit of Divinity

This broken world aches to be healed

By your newly awakened light

Let the wildness of your uncontainable essence

Flow

 

Rise Beloved Rise

Awaken from your worldly trance

The time has come again

To dance our powerful dance

For the sacred re-birthing of your Beautiful Majestic Soul

 

Honour your uniqueness

Unfurl yourselves from your winter cocoons of hibernation

Sing the praise of the blossoms as they reveal their exquisite beauty

And so too must you

Gather up the fragments of your Self,

Your past experiences are sacred jewels

Contained within the chalice of your Heart

 

Bless your life’s journey as it has brought you here to this Now moment

Poised on the brink of your next grand creation,

Nurture your bodily temple as you would tend to your garden

Your Life is a Gift

You are brimming with untapped potentiality now made ripe

By the season of Spring

Renewal is upon you Beloveds

 

Let yourselves fall upon your knees and surrender in gratitude

Life’s chapters are being written by you,

You beautiful co-creators

Stretch now your wings and turn your face towards the Light

The Mighty Sun will give you the energy of life

And Goddess Moon will illuminate your path

Rebirth my sweet children

The Time is Now to share your magical presence

With a broken world

 

© Amata Goldie 2019

All Rights Reserved

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With Gratitude

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You Came To Earth, A Winged Spirit

You came to Earth, a winged spirit

Your heart pure

And wisdom shining

But the child was taken too early

And the innocence of life shattered

Into a thousand pieces

Always running from the past

Your spirit sought nectar

As a honey bee

You sparkled your charms

And great was your wisdom

But you knew too much

Of this world

And the truth is undeniable

When it’s revealed eye to eye

When it caves in upon you

Always running from the ones

That stole your inner child

You were strong, free and yet caged

By the inner battlefield that raged

Did they capture you in the end?

Or did you want to soar so high

To never return to this realm?

You came to Earth a winged spirit

But the child was taken too early

And now a thousand realms

Welcome you home

And our hearts will always know your beauty

 

¬ Dedicated to Carolina ¬ In loving memory of her presence here upon Earth

© Amata Goldie 2017

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In the Age of the Heart

In the Age of the Heart

Compassion grows as wild blossoms

Rampant and free

Filling fields as far as the eye can see

In the Age of the Heart

Gratitude flows over

In every cell of our being

From the microcosm to the macrocosm

In the Age of the Heart

Hands of healing will replace violence

And Love will be our language

In the Age of the Heart

The repressed will find their voice

And falsehood shall crumble

In the Age of the Heart

Life will be lived

As a sacred gift

Thankfulness, generosity and reciprocity

Shall fill our hearts and minds

In the Age of the Heart

All souls upon Earth

Shall awaken

To the truth

Of our shared divinity

Unity will reign

And Love will be our language

 

© Amata Goldie 2019

 

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A New Reality

A New Reality Image

When the oceans retreat,
To carry the weight of our mortal flaws

When the wind has stopped howling
To cleanse away the injustices of the world

When the pouring rain and icy snow
Have turned us inward in reflection

And when the fires of desert sands
Have scorched away our impurities

When the Earth spins faster
And the sun has melted our planetary history

Maybe then,
We will see the beauty and purity

Maybe then,
Our minds will quieten

And our hearts will open

Maybe then,
All souls will awaken

And Love will be
The new reality

©️ Amata Goldie 2018

🙏A plea to right all the wrongs

 

 

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In Surrender

 

In the eternity of our embrace

You flung open the gateway to your soul 

And let me in

In surrender

 

You lay upon the threshold of your own divinity

Naked in your purity

You gave me the key

And inside I journeyed

To see the world as you do

To think the thoughts you do

To feel the way you do

I entered into your heart 

On bended knee

And spoke of the truth that you see

And the miraculous happened

We gave birth to Unity

And unconditional Love 

Sprung like a fountain

From the heart of humanity

Cascading like a never ending river

This mighty ocean of Love and Unity 

Flowed into the cup of humanity’s longing

And behold, the collective thirst was quenched

 

In the eternity of our embrace 

You flung upon the gateway to your soul

And let me in

You surrendered 

 

©️ Amata Goldie 2018

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