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Poetry, Social Change & Ecological Connection

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  • The first book to build a complete model of poetry and ecology
  • The first theory of ecopoetics that scales from the individual to society to the biosphere
  • Provides a model of poetry that allows global ideas of poetry to coexist

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Selfie: Poetry, Social Change & Ecological Connection presents the first general theory that links poetry in environmental thought to poetry as an environment. James Sherry accomplishes this task with a network model of connectivity that scales from the individual to social to environmental practices. Selfie demonstrates how parts of speech, metaphor, and syntax extend bidirectionally from the writer to the world and from the writer inward to identities that promote sustainable practices. Selfie shows how connections in the biosphere scale up from operating within the body, to social structures, to the networks that science has identified for all life. The book urges readers to construct plural identifications rather than essential claims of identity in support of environmental diversity.

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Multidirectional Writing

  2. Perspectives on Combining

  3. Connections Below Form in Poetry & Biology


“James Sherry’s newest critical study … is a fascinating read for poets and anyone who cares about eco-poetics, eco-criticism, and the role of poetry within a world assailed by the effects of global warming. … The text fittingly plays itself in many styles-incorporating abstracts, summary, argumentation, bullet points, diagrams, poetry from a wide range of sources, note-form italicized text, as well as world of examples and clarifications, switching easily between the serious, the playful … .” (Abigail Ardelle Zammit, Poetry International,, 2022)

Authors and Affiliations

  • New York, USA

    James Sherry

About the author

James Sherry is the author of 14 books of poetry and prose, most recently The Oligarch: Rewriting Machiavelli’s The Prince for Our Time and the poetry book Entangled Bank. Since 1976, he has edited Roof Books, publishing more than 200 titles of seminal works of language writing, flarf, conceptual poetry, new narrative, and environmental poetry. He started The Segue Foundation in 1977, producing over 10,000 performance events in New York City.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Selfie

  • Book Subtitle: Poetry, Social Change & Ecological Connection

  • Authors: James Sherry

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-4869-5Published: 27 October 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-4872-5Published: 28 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-4870-1Published: 26 October 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 347

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Poetry and Poetics, Ecology, Critical Theory, Ecosystems

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