Why we don’t write poetry about Climate Change


Matthew Griffiths explores how climate change is employed to expose age old poetic concerns, and calls for a new account of the cultural significances of this massive anti-glacial effort on the part of humanity. This podcast was recorded at an Inventions of the Text seminar in 2011.

Climate change seems to have an inevitable momentum behind it; the effects of human industrial activity going back 150 years cannot be easily undone. So what role can mere poetry possibly play in relation to the most pressing problem of our age? Since climate cannot be felt immediately by our senses, this literary genre can contribute by bringing it to our attention in fresh ways.