POETRY FOR THE PLANET
Posted on November 26 2021
Continuing the great work of COP26, here's a round up of some of the best eco-poets to read right now for the planet on our self proclaimed GREEN FRIDAY! We’re turning Black Friday GREEN and planting a tree for every new member who joins by Monday. Don't forget when you join the PBS you also get 25% off all the poetry books listed on our extensive online poetry bookshop throughout your annual membership. Here are our eco recommendations:
Released this month, This Fruiting Body by Caleb Parkin (Nine Arches Press) is a queer celebration of the natural world in all its surreal glory.
Isabel Galleymore's Significant Other (Carcanet) examines the strange beauty of marine creatures and our fragile ocean ecosystems.
Polly Atkin's Much With Body reframes Wordworth's Lake District through a body in pain, reclaiming nature writing for those too often excluded from it.
Winner of the Laurel Ecopoetry Prize, Sean Hewitt's Tongues of Fire (Cape) brings such transcendent musicality to the pastoral elegy, “For woods are forms of grief".
Out of Time: Poetry From the Climate Emergency is the definitive anthology for this decisive decade, full to the brim with intersectional thought-provoking eco-poetry, edited by Kate Simpson.
Khairani Barokka's Ultimatum Orangutan takes on environmental injustice and the palm oil industry in Indonesia with defiant lyricism.
Jamaican born poet, Jason Allen-Paisant's Thinking With Trees radically rethinks landscape poetry through the lens of Blackness.
We also highly recommend Hazel Press' eco-feminist pamphlets, including Anna Selby's Field Notes, the microscopic appreciation of insect life in Sean Borodale's Inmates (Cape), Tishani Doshi's tour-de-force A God at the Door (Bloodaxe), Oak (Picador) by Katharine Towers and Linda France's New Writing North Climate Residency podcasts for plenty more poetic food for thought on climate change and how we can help our planet.