Songs and Poems

Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology

Poetry. Edited by Melissa Tuckey. 460 pages. 2018. A collection of poetry about colonial dispossession, the environmental crime of war, food and culture, resource extraction, resistance, and the Global South.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Art & Music, Language Arts

We don’t have a language to describe the infinite horror of the environmental collapse we are facing. But Ghost Fishing editor Melissa Tuckey writes,

Poetry has a lot to offer a world in crisis. For centuries poets have given voice to our collective trauma: they name injustices, reclaim stolen language, and offer us courage to imagine a more just world. In a world out of balance, poetry is an act of cultural resilience.

It’s impossible not to find poems in this fine volume that could be used across the curriculum. This is not an “Isn’t nature beautiful!” book. It begins with colonial dispossession, and includes chapters on the environmental crime of war, food and culture, resource extraction, resistance, and the Global South.

Climate Justice More Resources Ad | Zinn Education ProjectAlthough the book features great stylistic diversity, the link between people, power, and nature weaves through the book, as in June Jordan’s “Focus in Real Time”: “Who grew these grains/Who owned the land/Who harvested the crop/Who converted these soft particles to money/Who kept the cash…” [Description from Rethinking Schools]

Contributors include Homero Aridjis, Brenda Cárdenas, Natalie Diaz, Camille T. Dungy, Martín Espada, Ross Gay, Joy Harjo, Brenda Hillman, Linda Hogan, Philip Metres, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tolu Ogunlesi, Wang Ping, Patrick Rosal, Tim Seibles, Danez Smith, Arthur Sze, Eleanor Wilner, and Javier Zamora.

ISBN: 9780820353159 | Published by the University of Georgia Press.


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