Ecopoetics Along Shorelines


June 1, 2018
Julie Ann

Secondary Questions 5/30

What definition of ecopoetics resonates with you? (with p11 as 5 different definitions)

#1,2,4,5 pointing at the same experience/activity

belonging as dispersal of ego centered agency…belonging as relation

can’t have one strategy without the others

zone of overlap but zones of opposite effect

a diversity of strategies the might contradict

#4 as scientific or poetic or artistic

#5 as interdisciplinarity

What other clues do we have about what makes this ecological poetics?

turbulent flow of poetry

Is there something here that is ecopoetics…goes against ecopoetics?

Initials…claiming each poem

Is agency ego based?

When do they (FP and JK) resonate with various authors?


5/16 TRACKING OPENING QUESTION: Breeching Sovereignty 

June 1, 2018

How can we trace sovereignty through this book (Messages from Franks Landing)?

  • From an imperialist legal/governmental perspective
    • Treaty history
      • refusing to address treaties in Salish: immediate disrespect and reduction of complexity.
      • Using treaties as tools to prevent the costs of war
      • Manifest Destiny
    • Timber harvests, clogging of gravel so salmon don’t have an ecologically sound place to lay eggs
    • Decisions made within the framework of U.S laws were inherently not for Native sovereignty
  • From a Native response perspective
    • Resistance
    • Evolution of communication: choosing of words
      • “Usual and accustomed ground” p. 12
    • expectation of Native assimilation was pushed back upon because of the high regard in which Natives held sovereignty of culture.
    • Response by native people to study indigenous law and become lawyers.
      • Building of hatchery to offset the impact of the dam
      • Moment of the tribe taking something back as an exercise of sovereignty



June 1, 2018

WHY might Rodriguez blur the lines of “edges”?

  • There are so many boundaries: socially, politically, environmentally
  • Many barriers to entry to white societies: physically & imaginatively

HOW does Rodriguez use language to depict the spaces in between boundaries?

  • “The police and the policed”
  • “Alien authority”

HOW does the River sound? HOW is it painted in words?

  • SET-UP
  • but ETERNAL

HOW does Anzaldúa think about boundaries and edges?

  • In-translatable
    • Using words as boundaries
  • Rooted in language/culture
    • Preserved by…
    • Reclaimed by…

May 31, 2018

Tracking “Other Texts” 5/30/18

Expressive Arts Therapy –

Ananzi the Spider –

Spider Webs –

Nasa Esoteric Research on drug effects using Spider Webs –

Gaia Hypothesis –

Etymology of Eco –

See Saws –

Fern Gully –

Exquisite Corpse –

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino –

Alwin Nikolai’s Tensile Involvement –

Newton’s Laws of Gravity –

Einsteins Theory of Relativity –

May 29, 2018

The first way that “I” is under pressure is that the book is written by two poets. Oscillating between voices with only small initials to indicate ownership, my eyes slip between the stanzas of one voice to the other. I’m unsure where one poem begins and the other ends and whose poem is whose. The “I” also slips through time. It dilates from a single lifetime to moments, seasons and eons. Presumably, each voice of a different age with different interests at each moment. The “I” is nomadic, moving countries and ecosystems. I cannot locate my self. I’m unfixed.

May 29, 2018

By fighting for their fishing rights, those in the native community at Frank’s Landing were protecting their culture. In seeing the footage of the family fishing from their canoes it seems ridiculous that they were ever forced to stop. Clearly, their fishing was not the cause of the salmon decline. The treaty rights are a legal foothold for the protection of vital resources and, thanks to the Boldt decision, a meaningful one. That victory was won by the consistent resistance to the unjust laws through physical disobedience and sacrifice. The work of justice is the work of our bodies.

May 27, 2018

In the beginning, we’re introduced to the pressure of time. The Carboniferous and Ecopoetics speeds up and slows down the growth of plants and organisms in order to walk through the beginning of life and the introduction of human destruction of that life. We are able to see the pressure of time build as we humans discover coal (there’s also the “heat and intensifying pressure [that] metamorphose the lignite into soft coal”) and the carbon that has been buried for millions of years begins its release into the atmosphere. This leads into the next pressure of human impact on environment.

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