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A Feast of Fools

Tova Fleming

A Feast of FoolsBy Terry Gifford. Blaenau Ffestiniog, UK, Cinnamon Press, 2018.

Who are the fools in our world of climate change? Certainly the author, he admits, in this seriously playful, long-awaited eighth collection. Terry Gifford’s poems wryly celebrate people both joyously at home in their landscapes and slightly uneasy about what is happening around them. The first section, ‘Flights of the Fool’, is culled from fifteen years of travels, geographical and emotional. In the second section the Fool is in his village ...

Sawbill: A Search for Place

Tova Fleming

Sawbill: A Search for Place. By Jennifer Case. University of New Mexico Press, 2018.

In Sawbill, Jennifer Case watches her family suddenly exchange their rooted existence for a series of relocations that take them across the United States. In response, Case struggles to “live in place” without a geographical home, a struggle that leads her to search for grounding in the now-dismantled fishing resort her grandparents ran in northeastern Minnesota. By chronicling her migratory adulthood alongside the similarly unpredictable history of Sawbill ...

Tread Softly

Tova Fleming

Tread Softly. By Diana Woodcock. FutureCycle Press, 2018.

After living on the Arabian Peninsula and the Tibetan Plateau, in the Everglades (as a poet-in-residence), in Macau, Thailand, and Chengdu, China—a city so polluted the sun seldom breaks through the smog to shine—Diana Woodcock now follows Christina Georgina Rossetti’s mandate, “Tread softly!  All the earth is holy ground.” This, her third collection of poems, was inspired by it. Perhaps for a poet who grew up memorizing nature psalms of the Old Testament and singing “This is My Father’s ...

The Ecopoetics of Entanglement in Contemporary Turkish and American Literatures

Tova Fleming

The Ecopoetics of Entanglement in Contemporary Turkish and American Literatures By Meliz Ergin. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

This book foregrounds entanglement as a guiding concept in Derrida’s work and considers its implications and benefits for ecocritical thought. Ergin introduces the notion of “ecological text” to emphasize textuality as a form of entanglement that proves useful in thinking about ecological interdependence and uncertainty. She brings deconstruction into a dialogue with social ecology and new materialism, outlining entanglements in three strands of thought to demonstrate the relevance of ...

Mississippi: Poems Ann Fisher-Wirth & Photography Maude Schuyler Clay

Tova Fleming

Mississippi By Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay. Wings Press, 2018.

Mississippi is Ann Fisher-Wirth’s fifth book of poems; it is a poetry/photography collaboration with the acclaimed Delta photographer Maude Schuyler Clay. Mississippi suffers from severe environmental degradation that cannot be separated from its history of poverty and racial oppression. Yet, the state also possesses great natural beauty and a rich and complex culture, one interwoven from the many voices that have made up its identity. Mississippi explores both this degradation and this beauty. The poems are ...

Sushi in Cortez: Interdisciplinary Essays on Mesa Verde

Tova Fleming

Sushi in Cortez: Interdisciplinary Essays on Mesa Verde Edited by David Taylor and Steve Wolverton. University of Utah Press, 2015.

The Mesa Verde region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is an area fraught with complexities, anomalies, and layers of histories. Sushi in Cortez is a collection of essays by an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, and cultural observers that explores this diverse landscape and heritage by combining and sharing the differing perspectives provided by various disciplines. Poetry, film, environmental philosophy, nature photography, ...

Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature

Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature

By Cajetan Iheka. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

The problem of environmental degradation on the African continent is a severe one. In Naturalizing Africa, Cajetan Iheka analyses how African literary texts have engaged with pressing ecological problems in Africa, including the Niger Delta oil pollution in Nigeria, ecologies of war in Somalia, and animal abuses. Analysing narratives by important African writers such as Amos Tutuola, Wangari Maathai, J. M. Coetzee, Bessie Head, and Ben Okri, Iheka ...

Southeast Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects

Southeast Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects

Edited by John Ryan. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017

Southeast Asian Ecocriticism presents a timely exploration of the rapidly expanding field of ecocriticism through its devotion to the writers, creators, theorists, traditions, concerns, and landscapes of Southeast Asian countries. While ecocritics have begun to turn their attention to East and South Asian contexts and, particularly, to Chinese and Indian cultural productions, less emphasis has been placed on the diverse environmental traditions of Southeast Asia. Building on recent scholarship in Asian ...

Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination

Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination

By John Ryan. New York: Routledge, 2017.

https://www.routledge.com/Plants-in-Contemporary-Poetry-Ecocriticism-and-the-Botanical-Imagination/Ryan/p/book/9781138186286

Positioned within current ecocritical scholarship, this volume is the first book-length study of the representations of plants in contemporary American, English, and Australian poetry. Through readings of botanically-minded writers including Les Murray, Louise Glück, and Alice Oswald, it addresses the relationship between language and the subjectivity, agency, sentience, consciousness, and intelligence of vegetal life. Scientific, philosophical, and literary frameworks enable the author to develop an interdisciplinary approach to examining ...

Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal

Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal

By Brian Bartlett. Kentville, Nova Scotia: Gaspereau Press, 2017.Over two years, Canadian poet and amateur naturalist Brian Bartlett sat down beside various bodies of water (bays, rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, vernal ponds, waterfalls) to record his impressions, capturing both sensuous details of natural phenomena and reflections on his life and reading. Making a virtue of leisurely digression, Bartlett’s experiment in plein-air writing wanders beyond everyday personal journal-keeping into a meditation on the rich connections between the seemingly disparate experiences of ...

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