“Recognising the significance of current planetary changes requires us to extend our restricted anthropocentric vision to think in scales of deep time and space. Simultaneously, we must shrink our gaze to attend to the surprisingly grand significance of microbes and microfauna and small pollinating or disease–carrying insects, of energy released by subatomic particles, of the health effects of minute amounts of toxic chemicals, or the vast significance of what might seem small changes in the composition of the earth’s atmosphere. Moreover, we feel called upon somehow to address as individual consumers and private citizens of distinct nations complex global problems that can be solved only by political, scientific and corporate collaboration on an international scale.”

Recomposing Eco-poetics–North American Poetry of the Self-conscious Anthropocene by Lynn Keller.


“Eco” here signals–no more and no less–the house we share with
several million other species, our planet Earth. “Poetics” is used as
poesis or making, not necessarily to emphasize the critical over the
creative act (nor vice versa). Thus: ecopoetics, a house making.
–Jonathan Skinner, “Editor’s Statement,” Ecopoetics.