UPDATE 1/7/22 - ONLINE: The ecotheologian Thomas Berry writes, “The Great Work, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation . . . to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner.” In "deep ecology" poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries, poets present their specific visions of beauty, barbarity, and the fragility of our planet. In our in-person discussions, we focus on specific topics: poet as witness, nature through time, the water, the land, the air, progress, and peril. Each student will select poems from the syllabus and will share thoughts about them with the class. We will then open the conversation to allow discussion of the insights—poetic, psychological—that each of us bring from our study and experience. The facilitator will contribute short introductory talks and take part at times to amplify discussions. | Facilitated discussion.