J. Maak – ecopoetry

J. Maak is a writer, educator and community-builder in Los Angeles. Her ecopoetry centers climate change and The Great Turning — what we’re observing, what it feels like to navigate these massive shifts, and the beautiful potential that lies ahead, if we choose to reach for it.

photo by Christopher Fragapane

Why “Maak”? Watch for the poem “Màk” (coming soon on the Tiny Seed Literary Journal blog)

I was more suspicious of nature poetry because … it tended to show the beautiful bird but not so often the bulldozer off to the side that was destroying the bird’s habitat. And it wasn’t talking about how the bird, often a bird which had arrived recently from somewhere else, interacted with and changed the larger system of this small part of the world …. And then I realized that what I was looking for all along was in the tradition of ecopoetics — a poetics full of systemic analysis that questions the divisions between nature and culture

— Juliana Spahr, Well Then There Now (2011)


J. Maak’s poetry appears in the following publications:

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Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.

–Audre Lorde

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