How To Be A Green Poet #booklaunch #booktour #poetry

Orfordness beach

Back when I was small a green poet would have been (a) Irish (b) naïve or (c) somewhat mildewy. Today it clearly means someone who both pens verse and is looking at greener alternatives for how we use our fragile planet.

I really do make no excuses for my utter and unshakeable certainty that, as a species we need to be far more aware and caring of everything around us. I’d like to say it’s a lifelong belief and that as soon as I was aware of how greenhouse gasses were affecting the planet, my behaviours and attitudes changed. Sadly no. I was introduced to with notion of a planet being warmed by us rather than nature in 1974 by my extraordinary history master who had us read about Gaia theory as proposed by Professor James Lovelock.

Since then my understanding – it’s climate change rather than global warming that is the issue – and the width and depth of the problems – careless abuse of resources, the egregious over development and unsustainable farming practices, the fixation with non degradable plastics to name a few – has grown and, because I am passionate that it is part of my responsivity to do what I can to hand the planet on in a better condition than I received it (clearly that’s not happening any time soon) it has impacted my poetry.

There are several poems in my new poetry book that touch on this subject and my attitude towards it. In hosting me on her equally concerned blog Pam Lazos, lawyer and author (hey, another one) inspired me to explain how that poetry came about and how it developed over some several years.

Here is the link. Do please visit and give Pam’s blog a good look round; you’ll surely find something to both enjoy and inspire…

Thank you Pam

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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6 Responses to How To Be A Green Poet #booklaunch #booktour #poetry

  1. Plastic was a godsend in hot and humid countries. It meant your flip-flops or shoes no longer went mouldy and got eaten and neither did your shopping bags and countless other organic items. No wonder it caught on. Cooler countries can manage without plastics performing these functions but it seems to be taking a while for developed and developing countries to come up with sustainable substitutes and for manufacturing companies to take any ideas up on a large scale.

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  2. Chel Owens says:

    Given your garden, I’d say you’re the greenest poet I know…

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    I shAll get my hat , coat and Mask immediately 💜💜

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