"To see a World in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
Who doesn't like to gaze at a blue lake? Who doesn't enjoy to soak the feet in its cool waters on a hot summer day? Don't we all enjoy the softness of the wet sand on our skin?
Wisconsin lakes are associated with happy memories and experiences.
Going to the beach, however, has become an unpleasant experience. The water in some places is now pestered by algae, and it stinks. Some areas of sand look like coffee grounds. I noticed these changes last year when we lived close to lake Michigan.
Five years ago the water was clear. A friend of mine also encouraged me to look into the matter after she expressed some concerns about the lakes in Wisconsin.
One of the main culprits is pollution from factory farms. Unfortunately, the state is letting the industrial farms ignore water laws that protect the lakes.
Industrial agriculture in Wisconsin creates as much untreated waste as 69 million people. That is 100 times more than the population of Milwaukee. Much of this animal waste ends up as run off pollution in the lakes, making them unfit for swimming, fishing or other activities. This waste is also associated with the proliferation of algae.
It is very important to make sure that the factory farms comply with the laws. You can read more on this here.
How do we define ecopoetry? I did a google search to clarify this because I find the concept intriguing and interesting.
Ecopoetry investigates the relationship between nature and culture, language and perception. Poetry is not limited by the intellect. It goes beyond the intellect and can provide deeper insights because it is intimately related to emotions and perceptions. It explores the connection between human beings and their environment, acknowledging that we cannot exist as separate entities.
Even though there is no precise definition, the word ecopoetry embraces the ecological imperative for personal sensitivity and social change.
James Engelhardt's essay "The Language Habitat, An Ecopoetry Manifesto" published at Octopus Magazine states that ecopoetry is about "connection". Poetry is a place to observe, to think, to negotiate between human and non-human concerns, to engage with environmental issues, whether directly or indirectly.
Ecopoetry has an open-ended ability to ask questions.
This is a list of literary journals and/or websites that have an interest in ecopoetry and environmental issues. If you would like to add a website or magazine that has an interest in environmental issues, feel free to let me know. Thank you.