Essays2019-04-30T15:52:22+00:00

Essays

Each year, we ask leading ecological writers to write explorative pieces asking what ecopoetry is, how it can be done, and what it can achieve.

In 2019, we will be publishing essays by writers including Homero Aridjis, Isabel Galleymore, Sristhi Krishnamoorthy-Cavell, Anna Selby and more to be announced.

Scroll down to read essays from previous years by writers including Karen McCarthy Woolf, John Wedgwood Clarke, Kathleen Jamie, Hugh Dunkerley and Meryl Pugh.

‘Two Blackbirds’ by Matt Howard

The first is a female: I am eleven or twelve years old and Mum has just popped up the road to the local shop. I go to my older brother’s room and take out the [...]

‘The Poet and the Planet’ by Jemma Borg

First published in ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 15, Nov 2015   ‘If we lived in full response to the earth, to each other, and to ourselves, we would not breathe a supernatural climate, we would be more [...]

‘Companion Species’ by Isabel Galleymore

  I wander around the toy shop, looking for a gift for a child I used to babysit. There are fire engines stacked upon one another in cardboard boxes. The boxes are deliberately cut away [...]

‘The Birds’ by Homero Aridjis

In Contepec, the village where I was born, I was ten years old when I came home from playing soccer and saw a shotgun that a friend had lent my brother to go duck hunting [...]

‘Look To Your Swing Bin’ by John Wedgwood Clarke

What is the ecological object our eco-poems should seek to address? A polar bear, a river, an ecosystem, plastic particulates, environmental legislation, the great transhumance of the school run? What do we classify as nature? [...]