May 4, 2022 § Leave a comment
I’ve admired the Dark Mountain project for years now. One of my seed poems, Seed 11, Pacific salmon (oxyrhincus) has just appeared in Dark Mountain 21 (Spring 2022):
Our twenty-first issue revolves around the theme of confluence. The image of watersmeet, of two streams merging into one, has long had sacred connotations, as shown by the votive offerings left at the point where rivers meet. This book goes beyond watery metaphor to explore confluence in its complexity: both life-affirming and death-bringing, nourishing and troubling, creative and destructive. Increasingly, the times we live in feel like a confluence of catastrophes: climate, ecological, political, cultural and existential. ‘Collapse’, as poet Sophie Strand notes, ‘is when things that shouldn’t be connected merge.’ The climate disaster unfolding around us is itself a convergence between the breakdown of ancient organic matter and modern industrial ambition, technology, greed and carelessness, a calamitous meeting of worlds.
This is a joint collaboration between Dark Mountain and saltfront.
Poets in this issue: Jeffery Beam, Sharon Black, Adam Gianforcaro, Finn Haunch, Joel Long, Michael McLane, Paul Rankin, Kim Trainor, Jonathan Travelstead, Christopher Watson
Editors: Nick Hunt, Anthea Lawson, Eric Robertson. Poetry: Michael McLane. Art: Ava Osbiston. Production: Nick Hunt.
Cover: ‘Meander’ by Cecily Eno
Dark Mountain: Issue 21 is a hardback book, 264 pages long, printed on FSC-certified paper
October 28, 2021 § Leave a comment
An excerpt from “Seeds” was published today in Ecozon@, Vol.12, No.2, 2021; “Eco-Georgic: From Antiquity to the Anthropocene. Seed 8. ELYSIACHLOROTICA(CHLOROPLAST,ENDOSYMBIONT) and Seed 19. GAIA (BIOSPHERE, THE CARNAL FIELD).:
The light reactions, the dark reactions, leaf unfurling, the light—
eastern emerald Elysia, clade Sacoglossa, Elysia chlorotica
littoral, in the salt marshes, the tidal marshes, small pools and shallow creeks,/
leaf unfurling, the light—the pigment chlorophyll absorbs the blues
the reds, the spectral blues, absorb a photon, lose electron flows
to pheophytin to a quinone, flow electrons flow the light reactions…
May 16, 2021 § 2 Comments
May 15, 2021 § Leave a comment
I’m one of the 2 featured readers for our ecopoetry evening at Poets Corner, this Wednesday 19th May @7:30pm. I’ll be screening some new ecopoetry films with original musical scores by Hazel Fairbairn, including “Tardigrade.” [Check out an excerpt from “Tardigrade” on the One Minute Poem feature on Poets Corner’s YouTube channel!].
Our other featured reader will be Adam Dickinson, whose latest book, Anatomic (Coach House Books, 2018) concerns the results of chemical and microbial testing on his body and won the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize from the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada.
You can register now for our Zoom virtual poetry reading at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcu-oqTwiHN3Y2F1CmZYgIChv8Gmz7Mto
January 29, 2021 § Leave a comment
Two poems from my latest manuscript have just appeared in the Cold Mountain Review, Special Issue on the Undiscovered: an excerpt from “Seeds–Pacific tree frog (Hylla regilla, Pseudacris regilla) and “Tonquin.” My thanks to the editors.
January 29, 2021 § Leave a comment
Excerpt from Seeds has appeared in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Two seeds have been published in Volume 1, Issue 2: “5. Tiny house, caracol, snail” + “19. SARS-CoV2.” My thanks to the editors of this fledgling environmental journal.
Some of the articles in this issue include a discussion of Gary Snyder’s “Poetics of Place,” an essay on environmental consciousness in English Saints’ Lives, and “The Dark Pastoral: Material Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene.”
There is also an art section curated by prOphecy sun, art editor of the journal, who is based at SFU: a discussion of the lichen drawings of Genevieve Roberts, by Caitlin Chaisson; Maja Smrekar’s “Survival Kit for the Anthropocene–Trailer,” an installation “designed as an openly disassembled mobile survival kit, which can also function as a water reservoir;” and Pinar
Yoldaş’s “An Ecosystem of Excess” on plastic waste.
November 21, 2020 § Leave a comment
Was it two years ago I met Liz Toohey-Wiese at a Summer Solstice party on Westham Island? That night I read a poem called “Paper Birch,” while an image of a smoky pink sun was projected on a sheet strung across the houseboat as a make-shift lantern show. Later, we began to talk and realized we were both working on climate change and wildfires in our creative work: Liz, painting wildfires around BC, and me writing poems about the wildfires. She showed me a book that had come out, the latest volume of Dark Mountain, which featured work on wildfire, and the idea for her was sparked that evening.
She and her co-editor, Amory Abbott, decided to create a book of art and writings on the subject, and put out a call for submissions. The book, Fire Season, was published last month. It features two of my poems, “Little Mountain” and “Wild Fire.” I feel honoured to be included in this anthology, alongside the beautiful images of Katie Ione Crane, photographs of the “scorched boreal forest along Alaska-Yukon borderlands.”
October 18, 2020 § Leave a comment
I participated in an editorial discussion via Zoom with some fellow writers on the subject of wildfires and buried seeds this August. The transcript of our talk has just appeared in Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, along with a poem—“Shelter”—from my sequence ‘Seeds.’ Live now in this month’s October 2020 edition: “EDITORIAL: Buried Seeds in Burning Times”
“From our Call for Submissions: We are living a moment in which planetary concerns converge acutely with the concerns of this journal. It’s a moment that feels dark to many of us and is uncertain for all of us, that has exposed much that was buried before, a moment in which we can no longer deny that we live in bodies and that the health of our bodies cannot be separated from the health of our social and eco-systems. Dark Matter: Women Witnessing was made for this moment of knowing and unknowing.”
August 1, 2020 § Leave a comment
Two poems of mine have just appeared in Otoliths, Issue 58, Southern Winter 2020 edition. My thanks to Mark Young for publishing another seed, “Tardigrade,” from a sequence on resilience and ecological destruction, as well as the long version of “Black Mud.” I cut down a much shorter version of this poem to serve as words for an Art Song, with music composed by Yi-Ning Lo, for Art Song Lab 2020. Its performance can be screened here.
April 29, 2020 § Leave a comment
My poem “ᚁ, k’i, betula” has just appeared in Otoliths magazine, Southern Autumn 2020 (Issue 57, 1 May 2020). It’s part of a long sequence I’ve been working on called “Seeds.” My thanks to editor Mark Young for accepting it and setting the complicated text.
ᚁ, beith, birch, first letter of ogam ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜ the tree language.
Is there something it is like to be a birch tree, in the conversion of sunlight to green shadows and tree flesh? …