a queer eco-poetics

Notes towards a queer::eco::poetics by Tamiko Beyer, on Doveglion.com

There is much here to like, question, admire, explore. . .

Excerpt: A queer::eco::poetics holds on simultaneously to the outsider status of queerness while working to disrupt the distinctions between outside and in, natural and unnatural, normal and freakish. A poetics of the porous.

A queer::eco::poetics rides the transformative power of the erotic while resisting and interrupting tired gendered portrayals of earth-mother-goddess nature. In a queer::eco::poetics gender and eros shift and transform continually. Sex and the erotic are integral to, but do not solely define, a queer::eco::poetics.

A queer::eco::poetics is not satisfied with language that props up borders. It is in search of, and in its search creates its own ((sub)alter(n)ed) language. A queer::eco::poetics looks to the leakages in/between words and meaning in search of new ways of knowing.


  1. hi folks, good discussion here. thanks for engaging the work.

    to play a bit of devil’s advocate here, i want to forward this idea. is it possible to read the text here as varying/modulating in tone, providing the poetic speaker’s beliefs, ideas, experiences as outsider, as well as including mainstream/popular ideas and beliefs, however not based in direct experience. i read a lot of the text as a gathering or synthesis of these, almost as though she’s bringing in her own direct experience of others accusing, labeling, (mis)judging.

    i believe the contradictions you both point out are necessary and honest.

    i wish you’d carry this discussion over to the doveglion.com space.

    thanks again.


  2. thanks for your comment, Kimberly; I’d like to read the Reader, too, but haven’t yet.
    Also the “third landscape” concept is pretty new to me — had to look it up; an interesting idea. And there was a reason why I put in “to… question” in my little intro; I also happened to get a little twinge about the “outsider status,” mainly because I see a contradiction in the idea of “holding on” to such status, while meantime claiming to “disrupt” distinctions between outside and in…etc.

    Anyway, yeah…going to look more into this third landscape thing…. 😉


  3. hi jean!

    i’ve been mulling this over this morning, so hope you don’t mind if i think out loud in your space here.

    just before coming across Tamiko Beyer’s post, i’d bookmarked some things to read about the idea of the “third landscape” in connection to conversations sparked by the _eco-language reader_ (which i need to read, too). but anyway my understanding of eco-poetics is from juliana spahr’s comment that regarding “nature” means regarding the bulldozer as well as the field.

    i bring up the term “third landscape” — which i think refers to leftover ecological spaces — just as an example of how there’s a whole lotta (poetic) thinking about land, nature and environment even before you “add” in the “queer.” (as sort of an aside, i think that “queer” as outsider-status and difference is a misleading and dangerous notion…)

    i think i’m commenting here because your “local nomad” blog is, among things, an eco-poetics.

    thanks for holding a space in cyberspace


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