What Nature

From Boston Review / Forum

What Nature

Edited by Timothy Donnelly, B. K. Fischer and Stefania Heim

Poetry that grapples with the intersection of natural and cultural crises.

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Poetry that grapples with the intersection of natural and cultural crises.

In an age of record-breaking superstorms and environmental degradation, What Nature seeks—through poetry—to make sense of how we interact with and are influenced by nature.

Shifting its focus from what has already been lost to what lies ahead, What Nature rejects the sentimentality of traditional nature poetry. Instead, its texts expose and resist the global iniquities that create large-scale human suffering, a world where climate change disproportionately affects the poorest communities. The intersection of natural and cultural crises—like Standing Rock's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan—are confronted head on. These poems, lyric essays, and hybrid works grapple with political unrest, refugeeism, and resource exploitation, transforming the genre of ecopoetics.

Contributors Kaveh Akbar, Zaina Alsous, Desirée Alvarez, Rae Armantrout, Aase Berg, Kyle Booten, Jericho Brown, Kyce Bello, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Jesús Castillo,, Abigail Chabitnoy,Adam Day, Camille T. Dungy, Noah Dversdall, Gyrðir Elíasson, Tracy Fuad, Carolyn Guinzio, Amanda Hawkins, Sheikha Helawy, Claire Hero, Brenda Hillman, Joan Kane, Douglas Kearney, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Nam Le, Diana Keren Lee, Adrian Lurssen, Matt Massaia, Iréne Mathieu, Ted Mathys, Christopher Nelson, Kathy Nilsson, Greg Nissan, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Sarah Passino, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Roger Reeves, Evelyn Reilly, Emelia Reuterfors, Mutsuo Takahashi, Brian Tierney, Alissa Valles, Nicole Walker, Ellen Welcker

Paperback

$16.00 T | £12.99 ISBN: 9781946511058 128 pp. | 6.63 in x 10.25 in

Editors

Timothy Donnelly

Timothy Donnelly is Poetry Editor at Boston Review and Assistant Professor at Columbia University. His poems have appeared in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Verse, Volt and elsewhere.

B. K. Fischer

BK Fischer is a Poetry Editor at Boston Review. She is the author of a novel-in-verse, Mutiny Gallery, winner of the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, and St. Rage's Vault, which won the 2012 Washington Prize from The Word Works.

Stefania Heim

Stefania Heim is a Poetry Editor at Boston Review. Her poems have appeared in publications including Harp and Altar, La Petite Zine, The Literary Review, and A Public Space.