This week, we are going to turn our ears to the words that arise from the natural world around us. We spoke with some of Canada’s environmental poets about their lives and inspirations. Later in the show we’ll hear from Canada’s Underground Slam Champion Johnny MacRae and Red Deer College’s Poet Professor Jenna Butler, but first, Terra Informer Rebekah Rooney catches up with Guelphs David James Hudson.
David James Hudson
Environmental poetry is a unique way to explore the connection between art and the environment. Many artists draw their inspiration from nature. Poet David James Hudson in Guelph threads themes of environmental conservation throughout his medium, aiming to communicate environmentalism to his audience. Correspondent Rebekah Rooney catches up with him in this report.
Johnny MacRae and Shayne Avec I Grec
Kathryn Lennon caught up with slam poet Johnny MacRae at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon. Johnny is the inaugural Underground Individual Poetry Slam Champion of Canada, and two-time Vancouver Poetry Slam team member. He is joined by Shayne Avec I Grec, Poet Laureate of the Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival in Manitoba. Johnny shares some of his poetry, and thoughts on the role of poets in a time of environmental crisis.
If you live in an urban centre, you’ve probably imagined how great it would be to live simply, and without distraction. Enter poetry: there’s something cool about the way language can illuminate, explore and even question our relationships with the natural world. Jenna Butler knows this better than most, because when’s she’s not teaching at Red Deer College, she’s in Northern Alberta managing her organic farm. Erin Carter speaks with professor Jenna Butler about nature and academia.
Photo credit to R. Hadian.