Category Archive: Ecopoetics

variants

LOSS PEQUEÑO GLAZIER / WHITE-FACED BROMELIADS ON 20 HECTARES (AN ITERATION) ecopoetics #2, page 72 Bromeliads is meant to explore subtle changes, like light changing on the tropical gloss of leaves as the sun shifts in the sky. Variants. Yet these blocks are too heavy to ever shift like light on leaves. I wonder about …

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“Exotics”

ecopoetics 2 – fall 2002 EXOTICS Joel Felix and Laura Nash This piece posed a problem for me, and led to a stall. I wanted to skip it. Today I reread it, and suddenly found the appeal. It is the story of a walk. Anyone can do this. Start out with a semi-intention, ramble on …

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dindsenchas

New word! It describes a collection of texts (poetry and prose) from early Irish literature explaining the origins of place names. From Oregon Quarterly article, Oregon’s Epic Estuaries, by Michael Strelow: In twelfth-century Ireland, every aspiring poet had to learn—in addition to meters, forms, and techniques—dindsenchus, or the lore of high places, the topography of …

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problematic

MARCELLA DURAND / THE ECOLOGY OF POETRY ecopoetics volume 2 I want to quarrel with this essay. I find this commentary on the problematic problematic: However, traditional Nature poetry, à la the human-subject meditating upon a natural object-landscape-animal as a doorway into meaning of the human subject’s life, is now highly problematic. Poetry written with …

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stills

MATTHEW COOPERMAN Stills Ecopoetics volume 2, pages 56 and 57 These are called Stills. I’m not sure why, maybe that is a technical term. A loose form, starting with a topic defined in the title (Still: Environmentalism, Still: Flight) followed by a set of attributes, each of which is followed by more detail. It reminds …

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“the blue heron stole a little book / of recipes”

JACK COLLOM 3-4-00, from blue heron & ibc ecopoetics volume 2, page 53 I enjoy reading Jack Collom. I find his work gentle, intriguing, childlike. I like the Blue Heron selections a lot. They remind me of Native American poetry that personifies animals. I’ve been prejudiced against the personification of animals, because I so dislike …

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invasions

SEHJAE CHUN / ZEBRA MUSSEL AND BULL FROG ecopoetics, volume 2, page 52 Aliens. And time. I appreciate this poem. The poet draws a comparison between the struggle to remove invasive species and the struggle against immigration. Purity. I always thought efforts to remove invasive species were futile. Survival of the fittest, nature bats last, …

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