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Reaching into poetry

There are ways of talking about our human embeddedness in the more-than-human world that seem to me to leave too much intact. The daily sense of what it means to be civilised, human- and consumer-centric positioning allowing a broadly sustained irrelationship with the planet, remains essentially undisturbed. Not all humans benefit from or wish to be part of this positioning, yet its dominance is global.

This is a call for poetry that is willing to reach transformatively towards cultural change, drawing ‘ecopoetry’ out of its box and towards a capacity to reimagine or re-view our falsely (excessively, inimically) human-centric experiences. I’m looking for poetry that inserts alternatives into assumptions that place humans above or outside the ecosystems we are part of, poetry that refuses the distance systems of domination and extraction have placed between our daily modes of living and the relationships that characterise life on Earth.

There are cultures, ways of being, ways of doing, that do not underplay the interconnections humans are part of, where sensitivity to and a valuing of the biosphere, as it is and over time, lies inside what it means to be intelligent, successful, wise. Yet a large proportion of the world’s human population is rarely asked to attend to the more-than-human world.

Where are the modern stories and practices that tie the bulk of humans intimately to this rich and complex Earth? Beyond awe, where are the images and associations, the practices and commitments that shape our responsive and responsible relationships to that complexity?

The call here is for poetry that pictures what it might mean (bodily, emotionally, collectively) for a consumer-based, human-centric society to embrace Earth-centric thought and behaviour.

Guest editor, Kristen Lang

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