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Forum VI (Spring 2018)

What Nature

The poems in What Nature were not written on Walden Pond. They were not written because poetry can save the Earth. If they are a far cry from last century’s nature poetry, it is because “nature” today is a far cry from sanctuary or retreat. These poems are not at ease and there is no place left to retreat. They are themselves far cries: urgent calls for rethinking our place on an imperiled planet.


Editors’ Note

Timothy Donnelly, BK Fischer, and Stefania Heim



Silenic Landscape
Alissa Valles

The Human Race
Kathy Nilsson

The Embarrassment of Being in the World
Kathy Nilsson

From Variations on Adonis
Jesús Castillo

Fresh Kills
Claire Hero

to know a thing
Irène Mathieu

From The City is Lush With / Obstructed Views
Greg Nissan

The Golden Hour
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Gyrðir Elíasson (tr. Meg Matich)

Reflections on the Law of Causation
Gyrðir Elíasson (tr. Meg Matich)

Life After Nature
Gyrðir Elíasson (tr. Meg Matich)

Chicken Smog
Nicole Walker

Rae Armantrout

Signs You Are Standing at the End
Abigail Chabitnoy

it looks like driftwood but, really, it’s an apocalypse
Matt Massaia

After Nature
Roger Reeves

The Elements
Carolyn Guinzio

The Larsen C Ice Shelf on Its Last Leg
Noah Dversdall

I Am Chopping Ivory or Bone
Joan Naviyuk Kane

an empirical formula of intangibles
Ellen Welcker

From Shale Plays
Ted Mathys

The Trial
Carolyn Guinzio

Among Some Anapests at Civic Center
Brenda Hillman

Kaveh Akbar

12:41 p.m.
Ellen Welcker

A Dedication
Christopher Nelson

Security Camera Disguised as Birdhouse
Diana Keren Lee

Adam Day

From Mere Life: An Algorithmic Poem with Human Additions
Kyle Booten

Irène Mathieu

Object Project
Tracy Fuad

Mouthing Green
Emelia Reuterfors

From Aase’s Death
Aase Berg (tr. Johannes Göransson)

Diary of the Ghost of a Mestiza
Desirée Alvarez

The Age of Loneliness
Evelyn Reilly

The Rabbits
Jericho Brown
The Translation
Carolyn Guinzio

Outside the Seasons
Sheikha Helawy (tr. Yosefa Raz)

From Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene
convened by Marthe Reed & Linda Russo

Third Song of the Child Soldiers
Adrian Lurssen

Notes on Third World Subtraction
Zaina Alsous

Amanda Hawkins

Poem with No Water at All
Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Sand Fire (or The Pool, 2016)
Douglas Kearney

From Some Words from 40-Some Days Before the Eclipse Translating Lorca’s Danza de la Muerte by Writing It in Rice Flour Around 40 Wall Street
Sarah Passino

The Ghost of Jack London Reports the Post-Apocalypse
Brian Tierney

Nam Le

Dear Future Child
Kyce Bello

Elegy beginning in the shade of Aunt Mary’s mulberry tree
Camille T. Dungy

Office of American Innovation
Elsbeth Pancrazi

Lovers in a Time of Nuclear Power
Mutsuo Takahashi (tr. Jeffrey Angles)

An Old Song, a Frog’s Song
Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

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