What Is Eco-Poetry?

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Photo: Gage Skidmore

FORREST GANDER discusses Eco-poetry and its inherent value in an article at The Poetry Foundation. We are so pleased to welcome him as a presenting poet at the 2019 Sierra Poetry Festival.

“There are, of course, long traditions of the pastoral, poetry centered on nature or landscape, in both Eastern and Western language literature. I, myself, am less interested in “nature poetry”—where nature features as theme—than in poetry, sometimes called eco-poetry, which investigates—both thematically and formally—the relationship between nature and culture, language and perception.”
— Forrest Gander
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Maybe the development of environmental literacy, by which I mean a capacity for reading connections between the environment and its inhabitants, can be promoted by poetic literacy; maybe poetic literacy will be deepened through environmental literacy.
— Forrest Gander
Beth Ford