The Five Stages of Ecological Grief
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famously described the five stages of grief as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The term "ecological grief" has been used to understand the loss humans experience as a result of ongoing environmental destruction. We will learn from contemporary ecopoets as well as investigate our interior and exterior landscapes in order to craft new poems that probe and illuminate this grief and lead us on a path to awareness, climate justice, and, perhaps, a sixth stage: action.
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Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, and coach. She lives on a little sheep farm in the Skagit Valley. Her second book of poems, Feeding Hour (Wandering Aengus Press, 2020), won a Nautilus Award and was a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award. Jessica’s writing and reviews appear in several publications, such as Orion, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Ecotone, Terrain.org, Gastronomica, Crab Creek Review, and Poetry Northwest. She is currently a poetry editor for The Hopper and a 2022 Jack Straw Writer. Her latest work is A Little Bit of Land, published by Oregon State University Press.