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  1. 1. Raising ecological consciousness through eco-sensitive poetry
  2. 2.  Eco-poetry can inspire a broad awareness for our environment by presenting different ecological perspectives.  Eco-poetry is often marked by an appreciation for nature as self-regulating cyclic systems, separate from nature and environmental poetry.  Eco-poetry is clear and somewhat minimalist; rather than experimenting with visual and textual design, eco-poets dedicate their efforts to the aesthetic flow of their work by creating a fluid message through organized stanzas.
  3. 3. “Today we very much need sustainable poetry.” --L.M. Scigaj
  4. 4. sus·tain·able adj sə-ˈstānə-bəl - Definition of SUSTAINABLE 1 : capable of being sustained 2 a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged <sustainable techniques> <sustainable agricult ure>b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods <sustainable society> — sus·tain·abil·i·ty noun
  5. 5.  Ecological poetry promotes awareness of the environment and the natural world, including its current realistic state.  Ecopoetry inspires awareness by presenting ecological perspectives of sustainability.  This poetry implies that the interests of humans and nature should be balanced.
  6. 6.  This message becomes attainable when our relationship to nature and our environment is recognized ~> the option for sustainability can be considered as a part of our daily lives.  Ecopoetry is a possible medium to purvey this message.
  7. 7.  “The ethics behind sustainability are derived from the same principle of bio-centric harmony. Simply stated, sustainability means that humans can harvest a sufficient amount of a natural resource for consumption so long as we do not deplete the resource base” (Scigaj 78).  Implying the need for bio-centric harmony is an indicative attribute of eco-poetry.
  8. 8.  Through a creative medium, eco-poetry helps to create recognition of our interdependency on the biosphere.  Writers are able to compose and inspire awareness with eco-poetry, not simply by the use of hard science, but by understanding our existence and how it correlates with nature, and the environment.
  9. 9.  Eco-poetry is clear and somewhat minimalist; rather than experimenting with visual and textual design, eco-poets dedicate their efforts to the aesthetic flow of their work by creating a fluid message through organized stanzas.  Eco-poetry is often marked by an appreciation for nature as self-regulating cyclic systems, separate from nature and environmental poetry.
  10. 10. It helps us define our relationship to nature:  “A sustainable poem is the verbal record of the precept, of the poet’s originary perception” (Scigaj 80).  “It is the verbal record of an interactive encounter...between the human psyche and nature, where nature retains its autonomy-- where nature is not dominated, reduced to immanence, or reduced to a reliably benign aesthetic backdrop for anthropocentric concerns” (Scigaj 80).
  11. 11.  Eco-poets actively assist nature in keeping a form of separateness and autonomy, and also equality, through awareness maintained by creating ecopoetry.  Ultimately, the language of expression and ecological awareness is homologous to the way our ecosystems function.  Language as a form of expression in eco-poetry stands apart from other creative forms of writing.  It is a flexible tool that relates the experiences and perceptions of the corporeal body.
  12. 12. Abbs, Peter. Earth Songs: A Resurgence Anthology of Contemporary Eco-Poetry. Green Books UK, 2003. Fesltiner, John. Can Poetry Save the Earth?: A Field Guide to Nature Poems. Yale University Press, 2009. Scigaj, Leonard M. Sustainable Poetry: Four American Ecopoets. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1999.

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