Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

April 17, 2018
cryptochiton

Encroachment, contamination, production. We push boundaries ‘forward’ and shoreward as we construct them. In the Delta, these pressures have led to a crisis. Access and understanding come at a cost, especially for those with less power– both human and non-human. Boundaries to the decision-making process push these beings to the margins. Strayer et al. make sense of ecological boundaries by developing a complex classification scheme. Humans transform the shore, tangibly and investigatively. As waves transform, unseen non-human homes are lost.  Actions within dangerous walls are justified, as environmental destruction and injustices are rationalized within the framework of capitalism, into oblivion.

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