About This Project

As we delve deeper into the earth, sucking it dry of natural resources and filling it with our waste, we are witnessing firsthand the side effects of a sick planet. This includes a global increase in temperatures, frequent pandemics, and worldwide expenditure of resources. This in effect has created a massive increase in anxiety. As a result we are beginning to live a reality that resembles that of a dystopia.

My goal for this project was to incorporate these fears and anxieties into my poems. I accomplished this through research on what exactly dystopia and satire are, and how they can both be effective tools in inspiring grand scale change. Next, I conducted extensive research on specific events and social constructs that illustrate both the cause and effect of these environmental issues.  

these problems are inherently of a broad scope and thus I aim to also delve into underlying cultural and societal issues. Such as the complex obstacles presented by capitalism in relation to equity. my reason for incorporating these topics and elements into my poems is because I feel they are all interconnected. Our societal norms often leave us very little choice but to contribute to the systemic degradation of our environment. As a result we then see this same dilemma within ourselves. This idea of a deep connection between humans and the environment is then the basis for this project as a whole. enjoy.    


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  • Side effects

  • depression

  • hopelessness

  • action

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  • Pollution 

  • Over population 

  • Resource extraction 

  • Stewardship



  • Equity 

  • Capatalism

  • Hypocrisy 

  • Wastefulness

  • Poverty/wealth inequality

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We live in a capitalistic society. There is no escaping that in the foreseeable future. However, there are steps we can take to minimize our impact and these steps must be taken by the large corporations if we are to have any hope of digging ourselves out of this hole. This book provides a detailed blueprint on how this can be done as well as inspiring me to be an activist rather than a pacifist for our planet, and ultimately our future.





                JOHN MARSH 

Recomposing Ecopoetics 

Lynn keller

Although this is a book about how to read and interpret poetry, it has helped me immensely in writing it. From the various techniques used, the forms, and the subtle references sprinkled about my poems. This has been a very useful tool for this project and will continue being a valuable resource in the future as well. 

Although it was my goal in the project not to classify myself as one particular poetic movement, much of my inspiration came from various eco poets. This essay was the first time I was introduced to the subgenre and discovering it really inspired me to try my hand at it as well. 


**Cover art of the book**

**No cover art, so here is a picture of my dog instead**


Not as key, but still important sources of information


The necessary stuff


 Thanks to these people for lending me their stuff without knowing. TeeHee.  


Bone, Jane. “Environmental Dystopias: Margaret Atwood and the Monstrous Child.” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 37, no. 5, Oct. 2016, pp. 627–640. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/01596306.2015.1075701.

Branch, M. P. (2014). Are you serious? A modest proposal for environmental humor. In G. Garrard (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of ecocriticism (pp. 378–391). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Casanova, Stephanie. “Summerhaven, Mt. Lemmon Area on Pre-Evacuation Notice Due to Bighorn Fire.” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 15 June 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rps&AN=2W64182681578&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Chouinard, Yvon, et al. Damnation. Bullfrog Films, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat01905a&AN=ohiolink.b35631699&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Chouinard, Yvon. Let My People Go Surfing : The Education of a Reluctant       Businessman. Penguin Press, 2005. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat01905a&AN=ohiolink.b24216731&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Gossett, D. R. “Pesticides and Herbicides (Environmental Impact).” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=89474358&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Harjo, Joy. An American Sunrise : Poems. First edition., W.W. Norton & Company, 2019

Lynn Keller. Recomposing Ecopoetics : North American Poetry of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene. University of Virginia Press, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1914329&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Marsh, John. The Puzzle of Poetry. Broadview Press, 2020.

Michiel Roscam Abbing. Plastic Soup : An Atlas of Ocean Pollution. Island Press, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e869sww&AN=2383279&site=eds-live&scope=site

Moylan, Tom. Scraps of the Untainted Sky : Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia. Westview Press, 2000. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsacl&AN=edsacl.MIU01000000000000007183494&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Nieves, Evelyn. “The Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant in the West Is Slated for Closure: Navajo and Hopi Communities Are Torn over the Impending Closure of a Coal Plant That Brings Both Jobs and Pollution.” Sierra, vol. 102, no. 6, Nov. 2017, p. 1. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=127162007&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Reilly, Evelyn. Styrofoam. Roof Books, 2009. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat01905a&AN=ohiolink.b37654080&site=eds-live&scope=site.

ROTMAN, ROBIN M., et al. “Greenwashing No More: The Case for Stronger Regulation of Environmental Marketing.” Administrative Law Review, vol. 72, no. 3, Summer 2020, pp. 417–443. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=146109562&site=eds-live&scope=site.

SAMPSON, LESLEY, and LAUREN VAN PATTER. “Advancing Best Practices for Aversion Conditioning (Humane Hazing) to Mitigate Human-Coyote Conflicts in Urban Areas.” Human-Wildlife Interactions, vol. 14, no. 2, Fall 2020, pp. 166–183. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eih&AN=146670901&site=eds-live&scope=site.

See Micheline Maynard, Say 'Hybrid' and Many People Will Hear 'Prius', N.Y. TIMES (July 4, 2007), https://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/04/business/04hybrid.html (comparing the hybrid-electric Prius vehicle to the rubber "issue bracelets" that show support for specific causes).

SHAKUR, TUPAC. “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” Scholastic Action, vol. 40, no. 1, Sept. 2016, p. 32. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=117691935&site=eds-live&scope=site.++

Thomas, Pat. “Recycled Toilet Tissue.” Ecologist, vol. 37, no. 10, Dec. 2007, pp. 20–21. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eih&AN=28026316&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Wilkerson, Jessica. “The Company Owns the Mine but They Don’t Own Us: Feminist Critiques of Capitalism in the Coalfields of Kentucky in the 1970s.” Gender & History, vol. 28, no. 1, Apr. 2016, pp. 199–220. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12183.

Zekavat, Massih. “Satire, Humor and Ecological Thought.” Neohelicon, vol. 46, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 369–386. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s11059-018-00471-0.

"Environmentalists converge on timber mill; 44 arrested". Associated Press News Archives, 20 June 1990. http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1990/Environmentalists-Converge-on-Timber-Mill-44-Arrested/id-6f788d14eb5cab4c8adb4b9612a8ed63

"Global Markets for Biopesticides." BCC Research, Nov. 2012,  Accessed 29 Nov. 2016.

” Millenium Ecosystem Assesment. (2005). Ecosystems and human wellbeing. Washington, DC: Island Press. Moore, B., Underdal