Synopses & Reviews
Definitive and daring, The Ecopoetry Anthology
is the authoritative collection of contemporary American poetry about nature and the environment--in all its glory and challenge. From praise to lament, the work covers the range of human response to an increasingly complex and often disturbing natural world and inquires of our human place in a vastness beyond the human.
To establish the antecedents of today's writing,The Ecopoetry Anthology presents a historical section that includes poetry written from roughly the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Iconic American poets like Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are followed by more modern poets like Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and even more recent foundational work by poets like Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, and Muriel Rukeyser. With subtle discernment, the editors portray our country's rich heritage and dramatic range of writing about the natural world around us.
"The Ecopoetry Anthology
is an impressive collection of poetry that has succeeded in inclusively and impressively nudging the dial further toward collecting, understanding, and redefining the interaction of poetry, poets, and the natural world." Terrain.org
Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street's rich and generous The Ecopoetry Anthology... Here is bounty indeed--an innovative anthology drawing upon 150 years of American poetry about nature, animals and our precious environment.” Shelf Awareness
Ravishing, devastating, and uplifting, this is a mighty, conscionable, and defining anthology of vital poetry shaped by profound environmental intelligence.” Booklist
The Ecopoetry Anthology is a beautifully constructed, carefully planned, and intelligently framed volume.” Colorado Review
Impressive in the scope and diversity of poets included, The Ecopoetry Anthology is poised to become the de?nitive anthology of American ecopoetry.” ISLE Journal
Ive always thought poetry could change the world, and with the best energies of Robert Hass, Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street, and these assembled poets, I believe we have a chance.” Washington Independent Review of Books
The strength of The Ecopoetry Anthology is in its companionable, earthbound perspective, poem after poem. Cutting a broad swath from "the natural history of tears" (Peter Gizzi) to "surreal/popcorn surrounded by the reborn" (Jack Collom), the editors have assembled, with curatorial finesse, a genuine constellation of feisty, testy, funny, worried, disconcerted, perplexed, grieving, and roaring poems.” Chicago Review
Poetry might not derail the course were on, but the poems gathered here just might soothe what ails us.” Rain Taxi
Puts traditional nature poetry in conversation with the ecocentric avantgarde.”
American Poetry Review
A definitive new collection of poems about nature and environment.” Orion
About the Author
is the author of the poetry collections Blue Window
(Archer Books, 2003) and Five Terraces
(Wind Publications, 2005). She has also published the chapbooks The Trinket Poems
(Wind, 2003) and Walking Wu Weis Scroll
(Drunken Boat, 2005). In 2004 she received the Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Salem College Center for Women Writers, the Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and a poetry fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She won the 2003 Malahat Review Long Poem Poetry Prize for Olaus Magnus, Carta Marina,” the first section of the booklength poem Carta Marina.” Her poems have appeared in the Georgia Review
, the Kenyon Review
, the Connecticut Review
, Feminist Studies
, and many other journals, as well as in anthologies and online. She has been awarded residencies at the Mesa Refuge and Djerassi, both in California. A professor of English, Fisher-Wirth has taught as a senior Fulbright lecturer at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Uppsala University, Sweden. She currently teaches at the University of Mississippi. Her academic publications include the book William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature
and numerous articles on American writers.
Laura-Gray Street has received a poetry fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Dana Award in Poetry, and the Greensboro Review Award in Poetry. She was also the 2003 poetry winner in the Emerging Writers Contest sponsored by the Southern Women Writers Conference. Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Meridian, the Notre Dame Review, the Greensboro Review, the Yalobusha Review, the New Virginia Review, and the Poetry Daily website. She has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been commissioned by the New York Festival of Song. Street has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and writer-in-residence at the Artist House at St. Mary's College in Maryland. She is an assistant professor of English at Randolph-Macon Womans College in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Robert Hass has served as the U.S. Poet Laureate and is the author of many best-selling poetry collections, most recently The Apple Trees at Olema He has received the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, and the National Book Award, as well as numerous other honors, including a MacArthur fellowship. He has written several books of prose books, including Twentieth-Century Pleasures, and has translated the work of Nobel-prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. Hass teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in the Bay Area.