The Borderbend Arts Collective is working with other partnering organizations to present "Celebrating Silent Spring at 50." This includes creative responses to Silent Spring and celebrations of Rachel Carson's life and legacy -- with events, artistic expression (such as writings, music & visual art), and more. One of this program's goals is for people and organizations from each of the U.S.'s 50 states to contribute to "Celebrating Silent Spring at 50." 

We are also looking for contributions from people around the world, which seems to resonate with the global reach of how Carson's legacy can be found around the world. 

The Borderbend Arts Collective invites the public to contribute to "Celebrating Silent Spring at 50." We are looking for writings, 2D artworks (collages, paintings, photographs), writings (poetry, fiction, other writing genres), and multidisciplinary works. 
Here are some ideas to consider: 
  • What are some aspects of Rachel Carson's legacy that you find most important and fascinating? 
  • What is your favorite passage in Silent Spring?
  • What are some important ideas Rachel Carson put forward in Silent Spring that you think still resonate with us today?
  • What are some problems introduced in Silent Spring which still persist today?  
Your submission could respond to one or more of those aforementioned questions. If your submission is accepted, it will appear on this website, on one of the "Media Galleries" pages. Please email, with Silent Spring at 50 in the subject line, to receive the complete guidelines. Submissions will be accepted through December 15, 2012.   


Mother Earth Speaks: Remembering to Listen

You have made
this place sacred
by your presence
and your intention of holiness.
When you left
for the winter
as snow began to fall
you said to yourself
“I’m sad not to be able
to come again till spring”
and then words appeared
in your mind as if by magic
“you are not alone in your sadness
my friend”
and then you knew
beyond a shadow of doubt
that we are not alone on the planet:
the earth, the trees, the animals
the flowers, the birds
and the all and the every
once thought mute can speak.
“The trees weep for your return”
is what was really said to me
that day on flower mountain
and my heart knew
this to be true;
it is such a small world
when consciousness
goes only one way.

robert francis “mudman”johnson


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