100 Poems to Save the Earth
Publishing 28th June 2021
How can poems save the earth? The title of this anthology is provocatively posed, not to make any grand claims, but to emphasize that the climate is on the brink of catastrophic change.
These imaginative, questing poems reveal our crisis as fundamentally a crisis of perception. We can no longer view Earth as a collection of resources to be exploited, but must see it as the living web of connections and relationships that it is.
The voices gathered call for ecological justice, an ethics of care for the earth and for each other. The eclectic mix of poets – rural and urban – link issues of social injustice and the need to protect the environment, emphasizing a sweeping urgency. The time for awareness building is over.
In a time of unprecedented crisis, it is tempting to close our eyes, to sleep and forget. Poetry however calls us to stay awake, to find the words to describe how it feels, to sing to what hurts, to attend more closely and with more care, to each other, and to our fellow species. In fact, maybe poetry is exactly what we need to save the earth.
“This compelling suite of poems is a timely reminder to cherish, to celebrate. What could be more enjoyable than beautiful poems about this beautiful planet? This collection is immediate, moving, wise and unforgettable as it is unputdownable!” – Daljit Nagra, poet and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Extra
“These achingly beautiful poems, from a range of stellar talents, animate and explore the sometimes-frayed connection we have with our precious planet and remind us how to refind ourselves amid the landscape we call home.” – Sonya Huber, author of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys
“Wales was the first country in the world to introduce a Future Generations Act. This collection of Poems to Save the Earth from a Welsh Publisher reminds us that poetry and art can also be a vital part of a sustainable future.” – Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales
“...it is an absolute necessity for poets to celebrate our world and engage with its future. This is a marvellous compendium to show how they are attempting this…” – Robert Minhinnick
Featuring 100 of the best new and established contemporary poets:
Gbenga Adesina, Kelli Russel Agodon, Sascha Akhtas, Kazim Ali, Mir Mafuz Ali, Abeer Ameer, Simon Armitage, David Baker, Fiona Benson, Liz Berry, Wendell Berry, Rachael Boast, Eavan Boland, Leo Biox, Sean Bonney, Marianne Borouch, Helen Bowell, EJ Burnett, Jane Burn, John Burnside, Dom Bury, Duncan Bush, Siobhán Campbell, Vahni Capildeo, Gillian Clarke, Ross Cogan, Grahame Davies, Tishani Doshi, Cath Drake, Camille T Dungy, Rhian Edwards, Carrie Etter, Vievee Francis, Isabel Galleymore, Ross Gay, WS Graham, Vona Groarke, Philip Gross, Richard Gwyn, Jen Hadfield, Paul Henry, Sean Hewitt, Bob Hicok, Jane Hirshfield, Rhiannon Hooson, Jennifer Hunt, Kathleen Jamie, John Kinsella, Mimi Khalvati, Joanna Klink, Gwyneth Lewis, Gerry Loose, Jane Lovell, John McCullough, Medbh McGuckian, André Mangeot, Paula Meehan, Jennifer Militello, Kei Miller, Robert Minhinnick, David Morley, Katrina Naomi, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Caitríona O’Reilly, Alice Oswald, Craig Santos Perez, Pascale Petit, Carl Philips, Clare Pollard, Kate Potts, Sheenagh Pugh, Sina Queyras, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Deryn Rees-Jones, Carter Revard, Roger Robinson, Erin Robinsong, Carol Rumens, Owen Sheers, Penelope Shuttle, Colin Simms, Peter Sirr, Martha Sprackland, Anne Stevenson, Em Strang, Will Stone, Melissa Studdard, Michael Symmons Roberts, George Szirtes, Rebecca Tamas, Marvin Thompson, Samuel Tongue, Ellen Van Neerven, Maggie Wang, Gwen Nell Westerman, Sam Wilson Fletcher, Jillian Weise, Jennifer Wong, Tamar Yoseloff, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe