December 2, 2013
The Ecopoetry Anthology presents not just poems about nature. Ecopoetry is a movement that seeks to change our culture from dominion over all living things to living in harmony with all beings. Humans are not separate from nature. We know that our increasing population and the increasing pressure to exploit natural resources is becoming a challenge for the planet and our own quality of life. Our needs for fuel, energy, manufacturing, and profit contribute to the degradation of the environment and scarcity of resources. Eco-poetry seeks to rebalance the world, to find a new language that can draw us back from the inevitable disasters caused by materialism, excessive consumption, and short-term vision.
This collection of poetry provides a wide range of work. I recommend it. I think it's a very good starting place. I felt at times that it was almost too wide a range of poems. The definition of ecopoetry is broad and it accomodates a lot. Ultimately, I think we need more eco-poetry. So I'm saying, write it. The poet Linda Hogan once told me that whatever you write about makes it stronger. Write about what is important to you. Write about things that need to be stronger. And you might ask: how do you do that?