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Juliana Spahr’s Ecopoetics: Ecologies and Politics of the Refrain

Juliana Spahr’s Ecopoetics: Ecologies and Politics of the Refrain DIANNE CHISHOLM ne of the compelling new developments in writing that Juliana Spahr has been advancing "after Language poetry" is ecopoetics.1 Spahr's poetry collection Well Then There Now (2011) and poem series This Connection of Everyone With Lungs (2005) deploy an innovative poetics to frame into view varying and emerging crises of ecological illogic. The framework of Spahr's poetry is a complicated device of ecological thinking, one that provokes acute reflection on the habits of habitat construction. It is complicated in that it figures the construction of habitats by diverse cohabitants on local and global planes, and on multiple and unfathomable levels. Her lyrics foreground the rhythmic buildup and breakdown of domestic and geopolitical processes by which everyone and everything become connected, with intensifying consequences. As micro and macro ecologies take figurative shape in her poems, they envelop and enter into each other affectingly on expanding cosmic horizons. The poems of Well Then There Now frame crises of habitation that range from the gradual polluting of a childhood Eden by local industry to the accelerated 1. In "After Language Poetry," Spahr heralds "emerging writers who are using the concerns and intents of language writing to discuss race and/or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

Juliana Spahr’s Ecopoetics: Ecologies and Politics of the Refrain

Contemporary Literature , Volume 55 (1)

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DIANNE CHISHOLM ne of the compelling new developments in writing that Juliana Spahr has been advancing "after Language poetry" is ecopoetics.1 Spahr's poetry collection Well Then There Now (2011) and poem series This Connection of Everyone With Lungs (2005) deploy an innovative poetics to frame into view varying and emerging crises of ecological illogic. The framework of Spahr's poetry is a complicated device of ecological thinking, one that provokes acute reflection on the habits of habitat construction. It is complicated in that it figures the construction of habitats by diverse cohabitants on local and global planes, and on multiple and unfathomable levels. Her lyrics foreground the rhythmic buildup and breakdown of domestic and geopolitical processes by which everyone and everything become connected, with intensifying consequences. As micro and macro ecologies take figurative shape in her poems, they envelop and enter into each other affectingly on expanding cosmic horizons. The poems of Well Then There Now frame crises of habitation that range from the gradual polluting of a childhood Eden by local industry to the accelerated 1. In "After Language Poetry," Spahr heralds "emerging writers who are using the concerns and intents of language writing to discuss race and/or

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Contemporary LiteratureUniversity of Wisconsin Press

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