The Poetry of Climate Change

The Poetry of Climate Change

How can poetry respond to ecological disaster and its far-reaching repercussions?

From extreme weather events to the disappearance of species, we are all witnesses to climate change. How can poetry respond to this ecological disaster and its far-reaching repercussions? What is the role of the poet in these circumstances: recorder, informer, protester? In this course, we will read poems that rage, lament, hope, criticize, and urge. We will look at individual poems online, including the selections curated by the Royal Society of Arts and by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as well as full collections addressing the issue, such as Peter Reading’s polyvocal masterpiece, -273.15.  Drawing on these poems’ techniques, considering our own hopes and purposes for our writing, we will craft our own responses to the changes in the world around us and provide constructive, supportive feedback in the biweekly chat sessions. Between the sessions, we’ll use the discussion space to talk about the poems we’re reading as well as to talk about our plans for our writing, including use in activism and publishing. Thus the course will strive to create a community of poets sharing both a love of poetry and a concern for this changing world.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Mondays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 5 February.

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About Carrie Etter View Profile

American expatriate Carrie Etter has taught at Bath Spa University since 2004 and for The Poetry School since 2005. She has published three collections: The Tethers (Seren, 2009), winner of the London New Poetry Prize; Divining for Starters (Shearsman, 2011); and Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry by The Poetry Society. She also edited Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010) and Linda Lamus’s posthumous collection, A Crater the Size of Calcutta (Mulfran, 2015). She is online at and @Carrie_Etter.

Each course has enriched my life. I have entered deeply into new poetry, pushed my own writing to new limits, had immense delight from deepening my appreciation

Spring 2017 Online Course Survey Response

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