These poems were written in the 1970’s, inspired especially by the English poet Kathleen Raine, a Cambridge M.A. in botany and zoology with a strong focus on the natural world. Soon I was asked by my friend Professor Dennis Hurrell to speak to a class on Women’s Literature entitled “Form and Function in Literature” and to provide a contrast by focusing on “Form and Function in the Biosphere.” In doing so, I read and described the significance of a set of poems that had an ecological context, and slipped in a couple of my own.
"Four Poems About the Natural World,"
Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/joie/vol2/iss1/2