Saturday evening: Environment, Poetry and Activism
Part of our Online Festival October 2020. More information.
7pm: reading and conversation with Carrie Etter and Caleb Parkin
There is no recording of this session as the poets were using unpublished work.
Caleb Parkin is a poet, facilitator and Bristol City Poet from October 2020. Poems in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magma, elsewhere. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story, holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. His debut pamphlet and collection are forthcoming in 2021. Tweet: @CalebParkin | Website: www.couldbethemoon.co.uk
Carrie Etter is originally from Normal, Illinois. She has lived in England since 2001 and is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Twitter: @Carrie_Etter; website: https://carrieetter.com.
What role might poetry play in environmental activism – can it help create a more inclusive movement? If there’s such a thing as ‘ecopoetry’, can it reflect and perhaps shape our emotional responses to the climate crisis?
While anxiety, shame and guilt are more widely considered ‘affects’ (emotional responses) in environmentalism – we consider play, humour, sensuality and embracing paradoxes through ecopoetry.
Through lively readings and discussion, poets Carrie Etter and Caleb Parkin shared their own work on ecological themes. Attendees were invited to contribute questions, as well as being offered takeaway activities to get them writing about the environment too.