11 ECOPOEMS FOR YOUR EARTH DAY
As billions continues to self-isolate to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is a silver lining for Earth’s climate. According to several studies, “from China’s Hubei province to industrial northern Italy and beyond, pollution levels have plummeted” (www.msn.com). The Earth is catching her breath. So, in honor of Earth Day and National Poetry month, here are eleven Eco-Poems to honor our connection to the earth and all the resources she provides.
1. “The Seekonk Woods” by Galway Kinnell: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42681/the-seekonk-woods
2. “Sonnet 18: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summers day…’” by William Shakespeare: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45087/sonnet-18-shall-i-compare-thee-to-a-summers-day
3. “Power” by Adrienne Rich: https://allpoetry.com/poem/11641436-Power-by-Adrienne-Rich
4. “For A Coming Extinction” by WS Merwkn: https://poems.com/poem/for-a-coming-extinction/
5. “What My Child Learns of The Sea” by Audre Lorde: https://voetica.com/voetica.php?collection=2&poet=820&poem=6744
6. “The Oldest Living Thing in L.A.” by Larry Levis: https://m.poemhunter.com/poem/the-oldest-living-thing-in-l-a/
7. “Our Valley” by Phillip Levine: https://poets.org/poem/our-valley
8. “[earthearthearth]” by Ronald Johnson: www.thing.net/~grist/ld/koppany/kgram/rj-02.htm
9. “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/optimism/
10. “Salutation” by Ezra Pound: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/salutation/
11. “My House is the Red Earth” by Joy Harjo: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/51640/my-house-is-the-red-earth
Gardiner, Beth. “Pollution Made Covid-19 Worse. Now, Lockdowns Are Clearing the Air.” Pollution Made COVID-19 Worse. Now, Lockdowns Are Clearing the Air., 2020, www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/pollution-made-covid-19-worse-now-lockdowns-are-clearing-the-air/ar-BB12VR7b?li=AAggFp4.