The Midwestern landscape has become my obsession in exploring the junctures of lyric poetry, imagination, and metaphor with ecology, folklore, geology, politics, and history. And that obsession has become my own poetics, my ecopoetics, which I see as poetry that engages every possible aspect of people, landscape and ecosystem. The Wabash is my next project.
To me, the Wabash is a metaphor for all aspects of the writing I engage. From the Wabash’s importance to the Miami and other tribes to the Canal Era, the Wabash is rich with history and folklore. As the longest stretch of undammed river east of the Mississippi, its 411 free flowing miles inspire understanding about ecosystems. And as an important river for industry and agriculture, its course reflects human use and abuse of our precious water resources, especially in the Midwest.