‘100 Poems to Save the Earth’

Edited by Zoë Brigley & Kristian Evans

100 Poems to Save the Earth

This is a fascinating anthology, for a number of reasons. The first is, perhaps, the breadth of knowledge of contemporary poetry displayed by the editors who have compiled it for Seren. They have scoured not only well-trodden poetical paths, but much less well-known by-ways too. In this way they have brought to the reader’s attention poetry which might otherwise have escaped her notice.

If you don’t read a lot of work by living poets, then this is a perfect opportunity to flit and sip among the many, incredibly varied, very talented, poets working today. I found friends, favourites and heroes amongst the contributors (sometimes all at once). I read new work by people whose work I have on my bookshelf, and whose readings I have attended over the years. There is also work from poets whose Zoom readings I have enjoyed over the past two years. Poetry does not sleep in these parlous times. Poetry being written and published now is engaged, vibrant, and has important things to say.

Not only do the poetical forms used by the poets in 100 Poems run the gamut, they explore the theme in its broadest senses. The editors’ introduction is a powerful polemic for what follows. However, even by such a variety of hands, 100 poems purely on demonstrably environmental and/or ecological issues, unleavened, would’ve perhaps been a bit much. 100 poems is a lot of poems. I did find the reasons for including some of the poems a little opaque. But each poem has something of importance to say on its own terms.

This is, perhaps, a book to be dipped into over time. I read poetry on the loo (don’t judge me), because I find that the perfect particle of time to read a poem (aloud) and think about it before resuming my day. This one took four months to read in that way. If you hurl yourself at it I fear you may find it has much the same effect as a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster might (yes, I am that old: again, don’t judge me).

This much I believe is indisputable: poetry has an important role to play in conserving the earth, alongside the other arts – which are lining up alongside science in the battle to save it. Never has poetry been more available, more about ‘now’, and created by more, talented, people. As an artistic form for modern people with three-minute attention spans, poetry is of course the perfect, persuasive tool to use to save the Earth. Seren, the publisher of this book, rides the forefront of the new wave of poetry and this book enhances their already excellent reputation.

This anthology is a perfect example of what modern poetry can do and I recommend it to you heartily.

If you enjoy this, I recommend to you also Merryn Williams’ compilation Poems For The Year 2020: Eighty Poets On The Pandemic which ranges both broadly and deeply over our current Covid Times. (Full disclosure: I’ve got a poem in that one.)


Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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