This course focuses on poetry that addresses current issues of environmental change. Appreciation of nature, including nostalgic and romantic views, has long been a staple of poetry. Today, many contemporary poets are taking an activist stance, alert to environmental issues and the ways in which their poems might affect public policy. We will discuss their different voices, as well as the new field of eco-poetics, and read poems that portray environmental risks and urge repair. Issues to be considered include style and form of the poems, their grounding in environmental science, and similarities and differences with the influence of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. For a broad view of poetry that speaks to and for the natural world, see Can Poetry Save the Earth? by John Felstiner (Yale, 2009). All welcome in this poetry discussion series.