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Climate Change & the Poetic Imagination


Clattery MacHinnery has posted Luisetta Mudie's article on the topic and has called for poetic responses:

. . . she [Mudie] challenges our poetic imaginations-—in a sense, the poetry we are making. I ditto that challenge here. If you are a poet, please read Luisetta’s article and post a poem as a comment/reply. Your poem need not be a masterpiece-—although I hope it is-—but a poet’s sincere effort at a new way, or an alternative way, of conversing on the ongoing climate.

http://clatterymachinery.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/luisetta-mudies-climate-change-and-the-poetic-imagination/

I thought some might like to read the essay, then post a poem there and here.

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Very mixed feelings. On the one hand, nice to see the issue raised and the challenge made. On the other hand, writing a poem about climate change doesn't do a lot about the problem. On the other hand, maybe it will help to raise consciousness, and incite action; while poetry itself isn't action, it can inspire action, and often has. On the other hand, I sort of feel like this is very late in the game, and I've been writing to meet this poetic challenge already for the last twenty or thirty years; I've got a whole sheaf of poems already applicable, so writing a new one doesn't entice me all that much. On the other hand, maybe it's time for a new generation to get onboard and do something about it. On the other hand, it's hard not to be cynical, some days, about my own generation's attempts to change the world that didn't amount to much.

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Dragon,

Yes, I thought of you and a number of your poems that I've seen when I read the article. I don't think Clattery is necessarily asking for a new (as in recently written) poem, especially if someone has already been writing in ways that challenge our current poetic imaginations as they relate to environmental issues.
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Thank you, Katfriend. Poets have been confronting the problem at least since Shelley, Wordsworth and company. And evereyone needs to keep in mind that the creator of environmentalism, strictly speaking, was first a poet. His name was David Thoreau. He was the first to take on a local environment, map it out, measure it, and he was a poet.

No generation is old enough to walk away from the fight and pass on the baton. All poets who call themselves poets first, and out of vested interest, are involved.

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Frank Wilson responds to Luisetta Mudie's essay with a short essay of his own: "We need to rediscover an old way of being." Mudie and others respond in the comment section:

http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/2010/02/02/we-need-to-rediscover-an-old-way-of-being/
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