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Raising ecological consciousness through eco-sensitive poetry
 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.
“Today we very much need sustainable poetry.”
                            --L.M. Scigaj
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
 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.
 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.
 “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.
 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.
 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.
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).
 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.
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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Eco poetry & ecological awareness

  • 1. Raising ecological consciousness through eco-sensitive poetry
  • 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. “Today we very much need sustainable poetry.” --L.M. Scigaj
  • 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.  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.  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.  “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.  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.  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. 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.  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. 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.