Joshua Schuster

Post-Ecopoetics

From ecodeviance to decomp

Sign at post-inauguration Women’s Day march.

Once upon a time poetry offered a realization of the dream of unalienated labor. The poet, as both writer and reader, tuning into the community while being tuned into by the community, produced and consumed the products of her own labor. For this poet, life power affirmed labor power and vice versa. The radicality of poetry was in its free human sensual activity that sowed together poet and poem, subject and object, material life and historical life. The poet, as unalienated maker of her own sensorium, embodied the interweaving natural processes of making with social processes of making.

The vestiges of poetics

Post-ecopoetics is about the art of writing and reading through a damaged ecopoetics. It is the art of writing and reading when we still had summer arctic polar ice and most of the world’s coral colonies. Part of the inspiration for this project comes from Donna Haraway’s new book Staying with the Trouble, where she calls for “arts of living on a damaged planet” as a way to begin to confront the Anthropocene and focus on making its tenure brief.

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Earth Art/Poetics

Trust in the object — gateway into the deep time history of matter and form — absorption into the flow of energy. Utopia and entropy — inscribing both into the landscape.

Reconnect to primal forms and forces, rituals of dwelling and shaping, primitive feeling of being exposed and enveloped in the immensity of a landscape.

Art without institutions, capital, possession/property; art in the commons, made of common materials; art of primordial shapes, activities, emotions, and forces.

Ecology and art — can join up to resolve problems in the environment and the art world relatively quickly. Vision that most environmental problems can be solved by becoming aligned with Earth forces.