The Inner Forest Service
The Inner Forest Service publishes poems and essays focused on the Earth and what we're doing to it.
This biannual literary journal aims to assist in coalition building between various ways of writing about the
natural world, including those suspicious of the word natural. We select the most effective poems and illuminating essays from various traditions, disciplines, and communities. For example, both ecopoetics and transcendental nature poetry are welcome. We value activists, renunciants, hopeless optimists. A guiding voice for the
Inner Forest Service is Eduardo Galeano saying, "Let's save pessimism for better times."
We choose work with a reverence, affection, and fear for the Earth and a desire to encourage people as we strive to contain the global climate crisis. Some pieces will lift spirits. Some are full of lamentation. Some challenge and sting. All in one way or another urge us to feed from our being of the Earth.
Robin Wall Kimmerer names our hope: "As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us."
Alongside the worldwide transformation in sustainability over the next decade, we will most likely experience an unprecedented torrent of art, including poetry of a similar mind as the Inner Forest Service distributes. The climate crisis is propelling increases in environmental and interdependent attention that can disperse a poetic form of awareness: a feel for where the world overlaps into patterns, metaphors, rhythms, assonance, and tones and thus erodes or nourishes itself.
In the sciences, we have started to understand how trees communicate and care for each other and how bacteria socialize and seek balance. Now’s the time for not just scientists and artists to learn from the likes of glaciers and bees but also engineers, bankers, all of us, and the Inner Forest Service is here to help. As Gary Snyder forecasted in Earth House Hold, “The coming revolution will close the circle and link us in many ways with the most creative aspects of our archaic past,” and as Amiri Baraka said, "Everything we do is supposed to be art."