1/24/2000

I’ve found a new term

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:16 am

I’ve found a new term that describes me and my current obsession pretty well: Ecopoet. This is from Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy. I’m nearly done with the set, and I’ll write about the work when I’m done, but in the third book he introduces the term ecopoet. Like a poet does with words, an ecopoet takes bits and pieces of ecology and turns them into something beautiful. Just as there are many types of poems, an ecopoet can create many sorts of things. Gardens. Landscaping. Buildings. And not just plants, but animals are included in the mix as well. A combination of Little House on the Prairie and art. The Art of the Kitchen Garden has some nice photos illustrating the point, though these are more on the side of art than I picture things. For me, living in my apartment of concrete on asphalt, food has been my creation. I grew what I could in pots (tomatoes, basil, oregano), but I have this overwhelming need to dig in the dirt, to nuture living things, and to use them to make other things. My lease expires late this spring, and so I’ll find a place in town with a large enough yard to get me going for now. Eventually, though, I’d love country land to play in. Mike Gunderloy, a fellow blogger that I mention more than most, has an array of pages devoted to his small farm. There, look in the “around the farm” section in the navigation bar on the left.

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