The Ecopoetics of Merwin and Ammons

I take the road that bears the leaves in the mountains I grow hard to see then I vanish On the peaks it is summer –W. S. Merwin, “The Dream Again” In an online interview, transcribed by Don Boes, that appears in a literary magazine our of Wooster, Massachusetts, the Artful Dodge, W. S. Merwin was…

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Object Lessons

“A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it . . . by way of the poem itself to, all the way over to, the reader.” -Charles Olson, “Projective Verse”   D.H. Lawrence’s essay The Poetry of the Present is worth a look for anyone interested in a poetics of immediacy-in poems that might open us to…

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An Introduction to Ecopoetics

As the course gets underway we will likely find ourselves talking about not only poems but also about genre, and distinctions between and among kinds of poems. The 2002 collection of essays Ecopoetry: a Critical Introduction offers a useful critical introduction to some of the intersections between ecology and poetry as well as resources for further reading….

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I Went to the Summit

  I went to the summit and stood in the high nakedness: the wind tore about this way and that in confusion and its speech could not get through to me nor could I address it: still I said as if to the alien in myself I do not speak to the wind now: for…

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This Compost

1 Something startles me where I thought I was safest, I withdraw from the still woods I loved, I will not go now on the pastures to walk, I will not strip the clothes from my body to meet my lover the sea, I will not touch my flesh to the earth as to other…

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Li Po (701–62) | Gary Snyder (1930–)

“Between 3000 and 2500 years ago, ancient China underwent a cultural transformation very similar to that of the modern West: the transformation from a spiritualist to an empiricist worldview, which entailed a rediscovery of consciousness in its original nature as woven into the tissue of existence” (6). -David Hinton Wandering Up Ample-Gauze Creek on a…

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Create | Manage | License

Create When you set up a domain on the web you are creating a space for discovery and exploration as well as platform for sharing your work. At the same time, by setting up your own domain on the web, you will be thinking through the nature, form, and purposes of digital platforms, from social media…

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Setting up Shop: Your Domain

At our first meeting we agreed that we would all use a web log (a blog) for the writing in the class. The blog will be ideal for the flow of our work during this summer session and wit ill allow us to share our writing before and following our class sessions. When we meet…

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