Ooligan Press: These Layers That Now Surround Us
In advance of my Sunday panel presentation at The Cascadia Poetry Festival, here’s a lyric-essay I wrote awhile back: about ecology, how place contains humanimals, as Bhanu Kapil investigates. So, environment becomes a nexus of history, culture, and planet. We, in it.
Renée’s poem, “the next growing season: a glossary,” came to fruition at a ceremony for three female farm workers, killed on the job. The research came later, as Renée states, “at the moment of form’s arrival for the making of the poem. Somehow that background context was important; the word arose out of lived experience, not a reading of the official record…”