1st Edition

Poetry and the Global Climate Crisis Creative Educational Approaches to Complex Challenges

Edited By Amatoritsero Ede, Sandra Lee Kleppe, Angela Sorby Copyright 2024
    260 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book demonstrates how humans can become sensitized to, and intervene in, environmental degradation by writing, reading, analyzing, and teaching poetry. It offers both theoretical and practice-based essays, providing a diversity of approaches and voices that will be useful in the classroom and beyond.

    The chapters in this edited collection explore how poetry can make readers climate-ready and climate-responsive through creativity, empathy, and empowerment. The book encompasses work from or about Oceania, Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, and Antarctica, integrating poetry into discussions of specific local and global issues, including the value of Indigenous responses to climate change; the dynamics of climate migration; the shifting boundaries between the human and more-than-human world; the ecopoetics of the prison-industrial complex; and the ongoing environmental effects of colonialism, racism, and sexism. With numerous examples of how poetry reading, teaching, and learning can enhance or modify mindsets, the book focuses on offering creative, practical approaches and tools that educators can implement into their teaching and equipping them with the theoretical knowledge to support these.

    This volume will appeal to educational professionals engaged in teaching environmental, sustainability, and development topics, particularly from a humanities-led perspective.



    Part I: Perspectives on Indigenous Poetries


    Chapter 1: Embodiment and Solace: The Entanglement of Culture with Nature in Contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand Ecopoetry

    Janet Newman


    Chapter 2: From Burning Beds to Rising Seas: Environmental Issues in the Song Lyrics of Midnight Oil

    Knut Øystein Høvik


    Chapter 3: From Standing Rock to Flint, Michigan: How Indigenous Poets Contextualise the Fight for Clean Water

    Ronnie K. Stephens


    Part II: Perspectives on the More-than-Human


    Chapter 4: Last Migrations: The Poetry of Migratory Birds

    Melanie Duckworth and Aidan Coleman


    Chapter 5: Animal Politics and Ecological Haiku

    Dean Anthony Brink


    Chapter 6: Greeting a Ginkgo: How Anthropomorphism in Poetry Can Inspire Eco-Empathy

    Christina Thatcher


    Chapter 7: Of Jellyfish, Lichen, and Other More-Than-Human Matter: Ecopoethical Writing Research as Transformative Politics

    Katharina Maria Kalinowski and Rosanne van der Voet.


    Chapter 8: Using Poetry to Learn from the Animals We Brought to Antarctica

    Caitlin Scarano


    Part III: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives


    Chapter 9: Imaging the Real in Times of Crisis: Empowerment and Ecosophy in Shaun Tan’s Tales from The Inner City

    Heidi Silje Moen


    Chapter 10: Vegetal Relationality: Three Australian [Eco]poets

    Anne Buchanan Stuart


    Chapter 11: Carceral Climates: Poetry, Ecology, and the U.S. Prison System

    Angela Sorby


    Chapter 12: Black Ecologies, the “Weather,” and “Renegade” Poetic Sensorium

    Hanna Musiol


    Chapter 13: “Everything depends on us:” The Ecofeminist Vision in Naomi Shihab Nye’s Honeybee

    Sandra Lee Kleppe


    Part IV: Global Juxtapositions


    Chapter 14: Mitigating Ecological Threats: Amplifying Environmental Activism in Gabeba Baderoon’s Poetry

    Niyi Akingbe


    Chapter 15: Capitalism and Environmental Activism in Selected Nigerian Poetry

    Mariam Salaudeen and Rasaq Malik Gbolahan


    Chapter 16:  Bugtong, or the Philippine Riddle as an Ecopoem

    Christian Jil R. Benitez


    Chapter 17: Poetry and Ecological Awareness: Inspiration from Pierluigi Cappello’s Poetry

    Marzia Varutti


    Conclusion: From Poetry to the World


    Amatoritsero Ede is an international award-winning poet who was born in Nigeria, and he is a literary scholar and Assistant Professor of English at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada.

    Sandra Lee Kleppe is a Professor of English-Language Literature at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

    Angela Sorby is an award-winning poet and a Full Professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.