1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics

    458 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics offers comprehensive coverage of the vital and growing movement of ecopoetics. This volume begins with a general introduction to the field, followed by six sections:

    • Perspectives: broad overviews engaging fields such as biosemiosis, kinship praxis, and philosophical approaches
    • Experiments: formal innovations developed by poets in response to planetary crises
    • Earth and Water: explorations of poetic entanglement with planetary chemical and biological systems
    • Waste/Toxicity/Precarity: poetics addressing the effects of pollution and climate change
    • Environmental Justice and Activism: examinations of poetry as an engine of political and cultural change
    • Region and Place: an international array of traditional and contemporary geographically focused responses to ecosystems and environmental conditions; and
    • Subjectivities/Affects/Sexualities: investigations of gender, ethnicity, and race as they intersect with ecological concerns

    Each section includes an overview and summary addressing the specific essays in the section. These previously unpublished essays represent a wide variety of nationalities, backgrounds, perspectives, and critical approaches exploring the interdisciplinary field of ecopoetics. Contributions from leading scholars working across the globe make The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics a landmark textbook and reference for a variety of researchers and students.

    Introduction: Ecopoetry, Ecocriticism, and Ecoppoetics

    Section I. Perspectives

    Mary Newell

    Chapter 1. The Poetics of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene

    Lynn Keller

    Chapter 2. The Agencene

    H. L. Hix

    Chapter 3. Decolonial Praxis/Indigenous Resurgence: Relational Accountability in ‘Kin Study’ Poetics

    Linda Russo

    Chapter 4. Planetary Poiesis

    Aaron M. Moe

    Chapter 5. Lucretius, Extinction Rebellion, and the Poetics of Love and Rage

    Evelyn Reilly

    Section II. Experiments

    Julia Fiedorczuk

    Chapter 6. Indigenous Poiesis: The Semiotics of Circulation in Villegas’ Maya Poetry

    Charles Maurice Pigott

    Chapter 7. Embodiment as an ‘Ongoing Formal Experience’: New Materialist Encounters with Ecopoetics

    Joanna Mąkowska

    Chapter 8. Down in Strata: Stratigraphic Poetics and Feminist Literary Engagement in Brenda Hillman’s Cascadia

    Gerald Maa and Ben Rutherfurd

    Chapter 9. Cartographical Imagination as an Ecopoetic Mode of Engaging the Global

    Grzegorz Czemiel

    Chapter 10. "Not the light / of any evening / but the light / of this evening": Ecopoetics, Ethics, and Particularity in the Work of Thomas A Clark

    Harriet Tarlo


    Section III. Earth and Water

    Orchid Tierney

    Chapter 11. Phytopoetics: Human-Plant Relations and the Poiesis of Vegetal Life

    John Charles Ryan

    Chapter 12. Amazonian Zoophytography: Ecopoetic Writing with Animals and Plants 

    Patrícia Vieira

    Chapter 13. Elegiac Joy: Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Poetics of the Garden

    Anissa Wardi

    Chapter 14. Riparian Entanglements: An Ecopoetics of the Colonial River

    Stephen Collis

    Chapter 15. "Nature’s way of representing the world": Alice Oswald’s Poetry and Poetics of Water

    Christian Schmitt-Kilb

    Chapter 16. Women Poets Breaking the Waves of the Portuguese Sea

    Nuno Marques and Margarida Vale de Gato

    Chapter 17. "Will plastic make life impossible?: Transpacific Poets Confront Ocean Plastic

    Aaron Pinnix


    Section IV. Waste/Toxicity/Precarity

    Adam Dickinson

    Chapter 18. The Work of Reconnection, Japanese Ecopoetry by Rumiko Kora and Ryoichi Wago

    Ayako Takahashi and Judy Halebsky

    Chapter 19. "The machine took me in": Processing Nuclear Labors in Kathleen Flenniken’s Plume

    Nicole M. Merola

    Chapter 20. Extinction and Re-Plenitude

    Joshua Schuster

    Chapter 21. Anti-Atmospheres and Everyday Rare Phenomena

    Orchid Tierney

    Chapter 22. "Imperial debris": the Vietnam War and Mai Der Vang’s Yellow Rain

    Zhou Xiaojing


    Section V. Environmental Justice and Activism

    Bernard Quetchenbach

    Chapter 23. Saboteurial Poetics: Blockades, Machine-Breaking, and Infrastructure from Below

    Alexandra Campbell and Fred Carter

    Chapter 24. Witness to the Exchange: Documentary Environmental Poetics

    Jonathan Skinner

    Chapter 25. Energy Ecopoetics

    Margaret Ronda and Kristin George Bagdanov

    Chapter 26. "To end again tomorrow": The Virtual Reality Ecopoetics of On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World 

    Kaitlin Moore 


    Section VI. Region and Place

    Bernard Quetchenbach

    Chapter 27. African Ecopoetics

    Philip Aghoghvwia and Emily McGiffin

    Chapter 28. Nature in Contemporary Pakistani Poetry: An Ecopoetical Reading 

    Munazza Yaqoob

    Chapter 29. Ecopoetics and Ecofeminist Poetics in Contemporary China

    Liansu Meng

    Chapter 30. Vahni Capildeo and the Convergence of Ecopoetics and Dougla Poetics

    Lubabah Chowdhury

    Chapter 31. Building a Homestead: An Ecopoetic Reading of the Poetry of Paul Celan

    Paweł Piszczatowski

    Chapter 32. Country Matters: Introducing Australian Ecopoetics

    Tom Bristow

    Chapter 33. Francophone Ecopoetics: The Performativity of the Text

    Gina Stamm


    Section VII. Subjectivities/Affects/Sexualities

    Orchid Tierney

    Chapter 34. Taken by the Creek: The Queer Ecology of Minnie Bruce Pratt’s Crime Against Nature

    Stacey Balkun

    Chapter 35. Entangled Remembrances: Counter-memory and New Materialism in Judith Wright’s Poetry

    Rıza Çimen

    Chapter 36. Indigenous Counter-Narratives: Sámi Poetry Challenging the Mastery of Nature 

    Anne Heith

    Chapter 37. The (Un)Sustainable Self and Post-Human Spaces of Interiority in Contemporary North American and Polish Poetry

    Paulina Ambroży

    Chapter 38. It Expresses THEM!: Black Women’s Writings and Ecopoetics

    Carlyn Ferrari

    Chapter 39. "Who was ever only themselves?" Cross-border Ecologies of Translation

    Zoë Skoulding



    Julia Fiedorczuk is a poet, writer, translator, and lecturer at the Institute of English Studies and a cofounder of the Environmental Studies Center at Warsaw University. She created the program for the experimental School of Ecopoetics at the Institute of Reportage in Warsaw. She has published several poetry books, the last of which, Psalms (2017), received the Szymborska Prize, Poland’s most prestigious award for poetry, as well as three novels, short stories and essays in ecocriticism, including Ekopoetyka / Ecopoética / Ecopoetics (with Gerardo Beltrán, Warsaw, 2015). Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, including books in English, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Chinese and Georgian.

    Mary Newell authored the poetry chapbooks Re-SURGE and TILT/ HOVER/ VEER and essays including "When Poetry Rivers" (Interim journal 38.3). She is co-editor of Poetics for the More-than-Human-World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary. She teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut.

    Bernard Quetchenbach is the author of Back from the Far Field, a study of twentieth century American poetry; two poetry collections; and two chapbooks. His essay collection Accidental Gravity was a finalist and honorable mention in the 2017 Foreword Indies Book of the Year contest. "The Man by the Fire," his meditation on a Gary Snyder poem, was selected as the 2019 winner of the O. Marvin Lewis award from Weber: The Contemporary West. He edited The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege, a 2018 High Plains Book Awards finalist. With Mary Newell and Sarah Nolan, he edited Poetics for the More-Than-Human World, an anthology of poetry and commentary from several continents. He was an Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Artist-in-Residence in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest in 2015, and a workshop leader for the Yellowstone Forever/National Park Service Arts-in-the Park program in 2017. He is a professor of English at Montana State University Billings, where he teaches literature, environmental humanities, composition, and creative writing.

    Orchid Tierney is an assistant professor of English at Kenyon College. She is the author of the collection a year of misreading the wildcats (2019).