Interessante corrispondenza sull’Ecopoesia con la Prof.ssa Di Brandt dell’Università di Brandon University, Canada Research Chair sulla “Postmodern Ecopoetry”.

Dear Maria Ivana

wow, this is amazing! congratulations! i’m delighted to hear that you and your group are so creatively engaged in the ideas i (and others) proposed some years ago! wonderful!

two suggestions i have about your otherwise wonderful Manifesto:

one is that we should not put care for nature and the environment and examination of self and interaction with others in opposition to one another, as though we have to choose between them. they are deeply interconnected. if you read my 2003 poetry collection, Now You Care, you will have seen that there are two sections,
one is about reconnecting with the environment, the other is about reconnecting with the lost parts of ourselves: for how can we look after the environment better if we haven’t worked on restoring our own wholeness with which to do it?

or another way to put it, if we want to go beyond oppositionality and protests and reactive thinking in this politically stressed time, and contribute something more inspirational and transformative to the situation, we need to go deeply inside, to where our own hidden reserves of despair or rage or hurt lie, and bring them to light for the purposes of healing, and inspiration for ourselves and others.

secondly, your manifesto emphasizes a globalized outlook and social economy for this new thinking.

on the one hand i think that’s absolutely right, it’s because we can think the whole planet in one thought now, that we can begin to think about the holistic nature of our current situation.

on the other hand, i feel that the local is much more important than your manifesto suggests, that it is in the close up, in the actual precise attention to the day to day interactions of our own immediate lives, that is where the new economy of care for the whole has to be born, beginning with the intimate inner economy of care inside ourselves, and our local lives and relationships. otherwise our “do-good” gestures will be shadowed with our own undigested negative projections….. so that’s a spiritual turn my own thinking has taken in these matters, and i know that’s true for many other ecopoetic thinkers as well.

one of the most difficult turns we must make as we move from the postmodern to the ecopoetic post-postmodern is economic downsizing: many of the freedoms and privileges of modernity we’ve enjoyed so much were riding on the back of a very inflated economy of exploitation and while
it is painful and frightening – for everyone – to think about downsizing it back to a manageable pace and size, back to a sense of locality and “home,” that’s the work we are all engaged in now, whether
we know it or not!

thanks again for your lovely note. tell me more about yourself –  what are the titles of your poetry collections?

Di Brandt

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