Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors
ecopoetry, ecopoetics, hyperlocal, green studies, place, space
In times of instability, we look to the land and our community for comfort. Field Guides for Leaving is a collection of seventeen (17) poems written through a hyperlocal lens that focuses on minute details about the poet’s natural and cultural landscape in Burlington, Vermont. The poems use poignant and succinct observations of the hyperlocal to both represent a longing for stability and create an antidote to instability. To cultivate a sense of place, the poems draw parallels between culture and nature to relate emotional landscapes with physical ones. This thesis contributes to the fields of ecopoetry and green studies in its study of the hyperlocal, intentional place-making, and interest in the relationships that we form with place and nature. The poems grapple with personal, communal, and climatic instability such as graduating from college, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change.
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Foster, Rachel A., "Field Guides for Leaving: A poetic exploration of the hyperlocal in Burlington, Vermont" (2020). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 344.