Forest action poetry has a long
history in Australia, where forest activists are often referred to as
blockaders. Poetry with a strong save-the-forests theme probably first
appeared in a publication by the (then) Tasmanian Wilderness Society
called "The West Wind and other verses for the Tasmanian Bush"
was in 1980. A sequel, "Forest Echoes & other verses for
The Tasmanian Bush" published in 1988.
No collection of forest
activists verse has yet been prepared in Australia, here though we present
a selection of verse as a gesture in this direction.
In 1998, the American Warrior Poets
"Earth First ! Campfire
Poems", a collection of about 150 poems to come out of the direct
action campaigns to save the American wilderness lands over the last 20
form part of the "eco-warrior poetry ethic" of the
First! environmental protest movement.
A selection of
these is reproduced here.