This six-week summer seminar will explore the theory and practice of ecopoetics. We will begin with traditions and formal experimentation in poetry concerned with questions of mind and matter, language and place, thinking and perception. We will then read and discuss the relationship between the making of poems and ecology. We will read lots of poems, discuss ecopoetics in terms of what Charles Olsen once called a “stance toward reality,” and consider the practice of ecopoetics in the selected poems of three major poets: A.R. Ammons, Gary Snyder, and Mary Oliver.

The Readings in the course begin with the following books: The Ecopoetry Anthology (Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street, eds. Trinity UP 2014. ISBN-10: 1595341463 / ISBN-13: 978-1595341464); Mary Oliver, The Leaf And The Cloud: A Poem. (Da Capo 2000. Reprint edition 2001. ISBN-10: 0306810735 / ISBN-13: 978-0306810732; Gary Snyder, This Present Moment: New Poems. (Counterpoint 2015. ISBN-10: 1619025248 / ISBN-13: 978-1619025240, and A.R. Ammons, Garbage: A Poem. (Norton 1993 Reprint edition 2002. ISBN-10: 0393324117 / ISBN-13: 978-0393324112)

Students will be reading a number of additional poems and statements about poetry, as necessary, during the duration of the course, including some of the material on the Resources page of this site.


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