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  • Author:agent John Kinsella
Issue Details: First known date: 2022... 2022 Ecojustice Poetics and the Universalism of Rights
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'If ecopoetics necessarily entails concepts and acts of ecological justice in the making and reception of a poem, it can also too easily privilege a conversation about human responsibility to nature while, to some extent at least, obviating human responsibility to humans. Much of the overt damage humans have done to the biosphere has come about as a direct or indirect result of humans mistreating and exploiting humans, and has been a 'by-product' of the violation of the rights an exploiter applies to themselves but not to their victims. I would also argue that the exploitation of animals for capitalist profit is a violation of life rights too, as is the abuse of ecosystems such as forests or rivers, wetlands or woodlands, and so on. In trying to create complex models of justice that account for intersectionality but also parallelism of rights and needs, and in accounting for the agency of living things to exist in their differences and with their own precepts of existence, we might look to the poem as an organic and practical tool of articulating and respecting what often seem contradictory narratives of being.' (Publication summary)


  • Epigraph: The country, now, was a place to retire to.—Raymond Williams, The Country and the City

    Privilege blindness

    if environmental scientists say so

    water comes from a plastic bottle

    what lies on or within country

    cannot be seen for

    the privileged are privilege blind—Charmaine Papertalk Green

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    y separately published work icon Meanjin Online 2022 23920292 2022 periodical issue 2022
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    y separately published work icon Meanjin vol. 81 no. 2 June 2022 24904002 2022 periodical issue 'Things move in waves, rhythms of action and response. We thought, not so long ago, that we’d entered a new age of freely flowing facts and ideas, one in which the power of gatekeepers had been diminished, bringing ready access to new informational tools that would empower us all.' (Jonathan Green, Editorial introduction) 2022 pg. 92-99
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