“Not a Violation of the Laws of Nature but a Rare Occurrence.”

Shane Book
Well, sure, a messenger's task is uneasy but not for the obvious reasons, a wandering shoreline continually imagined as its previous iteration though the orchard of miniature berry trees blooms on schedule.
from the book All Black Everything / University of Iowa Press

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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.

Jonathan Skinner on "Unfolder"
Photo: Jonathan Skinner
Sara Shagufta (translated from the Urdu by Sabyn Javeri)
Then, I stood in front of the mirror And began to count, the wrinkles of time around my eyes
Jonathan Skinner
in Zitácuaro it’s quiet piteous monarch, go roving, unfolding, trees branched into flames would that you lasted
Chelsey Minnis
It was a friendly kiss wasn't it? Darling, it was the two tone sunset.. It was like I suddenly discovered you had a bullet wound. Should I waste it all on a poem?
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
                       One hour.                        And if she cries afterward               her older sister          will cover it up.           Will rim                      the waterline              of her eyes                     with kohl pencil                             until it looks like                      two popinjay moths                                           have stopped     to rest         on her exquisite        face.
Don Mee Choi
I’m childless, so I have no choice but to channel into the desert of memory.

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