What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature that explores experiences and ideas that spark the writing of new poems.

In Ecopoetry Now, invited poets engage in an ecopoetic conversation across borders. In poems and poetics statements, their work describes important local differences, including bioregion and language, as well as a shared concern for the Earth. We hope to highlight poetry’s integral role in creating and sustaining a broadly ecological imagination that is most alive when biologically, culturally, and linguistically diverse.

Oliver Baez Bendorf on "I Want Biodegradable Sex"
Photo: Oliver Baez Bendorf
Oliver Baez Bendorf

Trans is a way of arranging the world through change, but plastic is durable, meaning it never goes away. Very light, gets blown along in gentle winds. It gets washed by rain into sewers, streams, rivers, and finally oceans.

Katie Marya
light, make a sound. You wrote let me believe the work I do can bring the future into the room. Whether it does or not. Whether it does or not.
William J. Harris
Well, yesterday, my $80 watch broke and Wendell offered to sell me his watch for 50¢ —that would be a 100% profit!
Patrick Phillips
Praise even death, or at least the dying, who taught us how to live. Praise you, someday, reading this. Praise light. Praise the wind.

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