Ecopoetry Workshop with Carrie Etter and Caleb Parkin

Ecopoetry Workshop with Carrie Etter and Caleb Parkin
Sunday 22 November
10am – 12.30pm

This workshop will run in two halves, with Carrie Etter taking the first hour and Caleb Parkin taking the second.

Recycling Words: The Possibilities of Found
Materials in Ecopoetry
with Carrie Etter

Drawing on other texts in composing poems about environmental destruction and disaster can invigorate our practice by including other voices and perspectives, de-centring the focus on the self, and placing our words in conversation with others’. As poet and critic Harriet Tarlo writes, by reaching beyond “inclusive self-referentiality” in our use of other texts, “This practice acknowledges an important political (and poetical) principle, i.e. that there is not enough time for each generation to discover anew what words and actions really matter. In environmental politics, this proves all the more keenly the case.” In this session, we’ll look at other poets’ use of found materials in ecopoems, discuss the various effects of that use, and give it a go ourselves.

Nature Camp: Queering Ecopoetry with Caleb Parkin
“If anything, life is catastrophic, monstrous, nonholistic, and dislocated, not organic,
coherent, or authoritative. Queering ecological criticism will involve engaging with these qualities.”  (Morton, 2010)
The more-than-human world isn’t exempt from the influence of human ideas around gender and sexuality. Could binaries like Nature/Culture, male/female, gay/straight, ecology/technology, or animal/human be challenged through
queering ecopoetry?
Nicole Seymour (2012) suggests that to truly affect people and bring about change, we might need to “embrace our sense of our own absurdity, our
uncertainty, our humour, even our perversity” through ‘irreverent ecocriticism’.
What might drag and camp humour offer us when engaging with the complexity and paradoxes inherent to this type of writing?