Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

May 21, 2018
lexineee

Figure 3, from the perspective of a Killer Whale. Name are arbitrary, but “killer whale?” That seems extreme. We are merely pawns in an ecosystem, eating to survive, to support our young; we are no different from you. Yes, these graphs show that the amount of Chinook we have eaten has risen over the years, but our impact is still smaller than that of harbor seals, California sea lions, and Steller sea lions. We are a vulnerable species, merely trying to survive, so please do not point fingers. Look towards man. Change his ways. Help the Chinook. Help us all.

May 8, 2018
lexineee

On page 166 (207 in the reader), Muñoz writes “The pairing of sensuousness…” and talks about utopian philosophy surrounding the intersectionality of politics and expression through dance, and how dance can be aesthetic, though detached, thus overlapping surplus, traces, and the not-yet-here. This may matter to a queer critique because it adds a sense of depth and meaning to an idea; it does not follow “convention” and instead breaks the mold to proudly represent another idea which could represent a movement for the future. It pushes boundaries, recognizes flaws in society’s perceptions, and brings a new face to “expected” ideas.

April 30, 2018
lexineee

Giving-on-and-with is seen through small and large impacts and parallels the ideas of symbiosis and reciprocity. Glissant urges people to give through engaging with different perspectives; listen, hear them out, work with them, to form a bridge between divided groups. In the world today, I see many political figures pursuing counters of this idea. The media fuels them and fosters a sense of estrangement among groups. On the contrary, in everyday life, I see people attempting giving-on-and-with, such as through grassroots projects, but are often opposed by powerful institutions; however, Glissant’s idea is growing, driving towards compromise, understanding, and change.

April 16, 2018
lexineee

Boundaries can be set by hard definitions, equations, and physical structures and markings—such as those defined by Raichlen, and some by Strayer—but are often blends of averages, specific and non-specific categorical factors, and uncontrolled variables. Boundaries are a combination of these characteristics, and may be visible only through the divisions they leave behind—whether divisions of people, policy, and idea, as shown by Sze et al., or the imperfect and perfect patterns in the ocean waves. These boundaries helpfully quantify certain factors, while also unhelpfully becoming too specific, thus leading to much miscommunication and misunderstanding among various groups.

April 16, 2018
lexineee

Boundaries can be set by hard definitions, equations, and physical structures and markings—such as those defined by Raichlen, and some by Strayer—but are often blends of averages, specific and non-specific categorical factors, and uncontrolled variables. Boundaries are a combination of these characteristics, and may be visible only through the divisions they leave behind—whether divisions of people, policy, and idea, as shown by Sze et al., or the imperfect and perfect patterns in the ocean waves. These boundaries helpfully quantify certain factors, while also unhelpfully becoming too specific, thus leading to much miscommunication and misunderstanding among various groups.

April 3, 2018
lexineee

To accept expression as a means of perception, you accept emotion as the truth. You may lose the ability to distinguish perspectives, but you simultaneously gain a new level of truth from another person’s viewpoint, thus adding a relatable, storytelling layer to your writing and perceiving. This allows you to expand your own perception by letting others in and allowing yourself to feel what they feel and experience what they experience; similarly, you are dropped into the observations expressed by Marianne Moore. Scientific fact and story intertwine and provide a novel form of understanding and experience from someone else’s eyes.

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