Archive for November, 2014

Australian Ecopoetics Past, Present, Future: What Do the Plants Say?

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“In what follows, I will be guided by my own green biases and botanical proclivities. To foot-slog a swathe through the intricate ground of Australian ecopoetics, I will don chlorophyll-streaked glasses – will listen closely to what the plants say.”

Over at the Cordite Poetry Review, John Charles Ryan uses Marder’s plant-thinking to suggest where environmentally-engaged poetry in Australia is headed.

“A postcolonial ecopoetics of plants is about paying attention – and learning how to listen, a process whereby the botanical becomes a lens for the literary, rather than vice versa.”

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‘Fractal Poetics’: A rose is a leaf is a rose is a leaf

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“Before Benoit Mandelbrot’s fractal mathematics and Gertrude Stein’s roses, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote about a primal plant, “Urpflanze,” which was constructed as a leaf within a leaf within a leaf. I wonder if his Platonic vision for this plant, from which all other plants derived, was an early imagining of fractal mathematics and response to fractal forms in the natural world (coast lines, human migration patterns, Romanesco broccoli).”

Read the rest of Amy Catanzano’s article on fractals, feminist philosophy, and models of poetic form at Jacket2.

Marder: Is it ethical to eat plants?

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Michael Marder’s work on the philosophy of plant being necessarily raises the question of ethical eating. The Irish Times promotes Marder’s new book, The Philosopher’s Plant, and dips a toe into the question in a recent interview.

“… sentience as a criterion is insufficient, and the notion of respect is inevitable in any postulation of an ethical diet,” says Marder.