Berkeley English Faculty

John Shoptaw

John Shoptaw

Continuing Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
M 12-2, T 11-12 & by appt

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."

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)

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): 

on the poem:

"Why Ecopoetry?" (Jan 2016)

"Least Concern" (poem) Poetry (September 2016)

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

"Listening to Dickinson" Representations 86 (Spring 2004)

"Lyric Cryptography" Poetics Today 21 (2000)


Current Research

Near-Earth Object, a new book of ecopoems.

Recent English Courses Taught