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Poetry that grapples with the intersection of natural and cultural crises.

In an age of record-breaking superstorms and environmental degradation, What Nature seeks—through poetry—to make sense of how we interact with and are influenced by nature.

Shifting its focus from what has already been lost to what lies ahead, What Nature rejects the sentimentality of traditional nature poetry. Instead, its texts expose and resist the global iniquities that create large-scale human suffering, a world where climate change disproportionately affects the poorest communities. The intersection of natural and cultural crises—like Standing Rock's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan—are confronted head on. These poems, lyric essays, and hybrid works grapple with political unrest, refugeeism, and resource exploitation, transforming the genre of ecopoetics.

Kaveh Akbar, Zaina Alsous, Desirée Alvarez, Rae Armantrout, Aase Berg, Kyle Booten, Jericho Brown, Kyce Bello, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Jesús Castillo,, Abigail Chabitnoy,Adam Day, Camille T. Dungy, Noah Dversdall, Gyrðir Elíasson, Tracy Fuad, Carolyn Guinzio, Amanda Hawkins, Sheikha Helawy, Claire Hero, Brenda Hillman, Joan Kane, Douglas Kearney, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Nam Le, Diana Keren Lee, Adrian Lurssen, Matt Massaia, Iréne Mathieu, Ted Mathys, Christopher Nelson, Kathy Nilsson, Greg Nissan, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Sarah Passino, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Roger Reeves, Evelyn Reilly, Emelia Reuterfors, Mutsuo Takahashi, Brian Tierney, Alissa Valles, Nicole Walker, Ellen Welcker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946511058
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/23/2018
Series: Boston Review / ForumSeries Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Timothy Donnelly is Poetry Editor at Boston Review and Assistant Professor at Columbia University. His poems have appeared in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Verse, Volt and elsewhere.

BK Fischer is a Poetry Editor at Boston Review. She is the author of a novel-in-verse, Mutiny Gallery, winner of the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, and St. Rage's Vault, which won the 2012 Washington Prize from The Word Works.

Stefania Heim is a Poetry Editor at Boston Review. Her poems have appeared in publications including Harp and Altar, La Petite Zine, The Literary Review, and A Public Space.

Table of Contents

Editors' Note Timothy Donnelly BK Fischer Stefania Heim 9

Silenic Landscape Alissa Valles 13

The Human Race Kathy Nilsson 15

The Embarrassment of Being in the World Kathy Nilsson 16

From Variations on Adonis Jesús Castillo 17

Fresh Kills Claire Hero 20

To know a thing Irène Mathieu 22

From The City Is Lush With / Obstructed Views Greg Nissan 24

The Golden Hour Rowan Ricardo Phillips 27

Successor Gyrðir Elíasson (tr. Meg Matich) 29

Reflections on the Law of Causation Gyrðir Elíasson (tr. Meg Matich) 30

Life After Nature Gyrðir Eliasson (tr. Meg Matich) 31

Chicken Smog Nicole Walker 32

Preview Rae Armantrout 36

Signs You Are Standing at the End Abigail Chabitnoy 37

It looks like driftwood but, really, it's an apocalypse Matt Massaia 39

After Nature Roger Reeves 41

The Elements Carolyn Guinzio 43

The Larsen C Ice Shelf on Its Last Leg Noah Dversdall 44

I Am Chopping Ivory or Bone Joan Naviyuk Kane 45

An empirical formula of intangibles Ellen Welcker 50

From Shale Plays Ted Mathys 52

The Trial Carolyn Guinzio 59

Among Some Anapests at Civic Center Brenda Hillman 60

Aubade Kaveh Akbar 63

12:41 p.m. Ellen Welcker 66

A Dedication Christopher Nelson 68

Security Camera Disguised as Birdhouse Diana Keren Lee 70

Godo Adam Day 71

From Mere Life: An Algorithmic Poem with Human Additions Kyle Booten 72

Maron Irène Mathieu 75

Object Project Tracy Fuad 77

Mouthing Green Emelia Reuterfors 80

From Aase's Death Aase Berg (tr. Johannes Göransson) 84

Diary of the Ghost of a Mestiza Desirée Alvarez 86

The Age of Loneliness Evelyn Reilly 88

The Rabbits Jericho Brown 91

The Translation Carolyn Guinzio 93

Outside the Seasons Sheikha Helawy (tr. Yosefa Raz) 94

From Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene: convened Marthe Reed Linda Russo 95

Third Song of the Child Soldiers Adrian Lurssen 102

Notes on Third World Subtraction Zaina Alsous 104

Desertification Amanda Hawkins 105

Poem with No Water at All Kayleb Rae Candrilli 106

Sand Fire (or The Pool, 2016) Douglas Kearney 107

From Some Words from 40-Some Days Before the Eclipse Translating Lorca's Danza de la Muerte by Writing It in Rice Flour Around 40 Wall Street… Sarah Passino 109

The Ghost of Jack London Reports the Post-Apocalypse Brian Tierney 111

Aubade Nam Le 113

Dear Future Child Kyce Bello 114

Elegy beginning in the shade of Aunt Mary's mulberry tree Camille T. Dungy 116

Office of American Innovation Elsbeth Pancrazi 118

Lovers in a Time of Nuclear Power Mutsuo Takahashi (tr. Jeffrey Angles) 120

An Old Song, a Frog's Song Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley 122

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