Berkeley English Faculty

John Shoptaw

John Shoptaw

Continuing Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
M 12-2, T 11-12 & by appt
jshoptaw@berkeley.edu


Professional Statement

Since we have about as many years to stave off the severest climate changes we've caused on earth as I have to live on it, I intend to do my part for our planet.

Keats:  "The poetry of earth is never dead."


Books
Times Beach
Times Beach

“Times Beach is, like most interesting American books, an original. It’s about a place, the watershed of the Mississippi River, and it is an ecopoetics. Best, perhaps, to think of it as a hybrid of Hart Crane, the depression photographs of Dorothea ....(read more)

FIELDS:
On the Outside Looking Out:  John Ashbery's Poetry
On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery's Poetry

A study of Ashbery's books of poems from Some Trees through Flow Chart.....(read more)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"A Climate-Changed Ecopoetics":  Nature and Lyric in the Anthropocene (Conference in Trier, Germany, March 2019)

"Near-Earth Object" (poem) (2019):  

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/148679/near-earth-object 

on the poem:  

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/148856/how-far-weve-come

"Why Ecopoetry?" (Jan 2016)  

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/70299/why-ecopoetry

"Least Concern" (poem) Poetry (September 2016) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/90296

"Dickinson's Civil War Poetics" The Emily Dickinson Journal (2010)

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/408845/summary

"Listening to Dickinson" Representations 86 (Spring 2004)

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/rep.2004.86.1.20?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

"Lyric Cryptography" Poetics Today 21 (2000)

https://read.dukeupress.edu/poetics-today/article-abstract/21/1/221/20669/Lyric-Cryptography

 


Current Research

Near-Earth Object, a new book of ecopoems.


Recent English Courses Taught