The Albero Project

Lichen Song and Other Poems

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ARTHUR SZE Lichen Song —Snow in the air     you’ve seen a crust on the ceiling wood and never considered how I gather moisture when you step out of the shower     you don’t care that I respire as you breathe     for…

Crann, a Symphonic Hymn to the Tree

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CRANN, Creation, Transformation and Innovation. Some Notes on the Making of a Film-Work The source and matrix of Margutte’s Albero Project (2016) is Richard Berengarten’s poem Tree (1981). This is a symphonic hymn to the arboreal in every register. Each of…

Poetry and Ecology: a panel discussion

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On August 18 2021, the annual Festival of Poetry at Medellín hosted a panel on Poetry and Ecology, hosted by Gloria Chvatal. Participants were Native Canadian poet, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, and co-founder of the Albero Project, English poet Richard Berengarten.…

Arboreal Poems from China’s Classic of Poetry

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EDWARD L. SHAUGHNESSY The Classic of Poetry is the oldest collection of poetry from China, with 305 poems in total from the beginning of the Zhou dynasty (1045-256 BCE), the oldest from about 1000 BCE, the youngest from about 600…

Stages of the Fall

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ALAN TRIST Leaves rustling, rustling dance in bond with wind a multitude on each tree in step yet separate Leaves falling, falling the whole airspace twirling, twirling thoughts in resonance refuting separation Leaves scurry, scurry back and forth across the…

Looking Backward for Moving Forward

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PAUL SCOTT DERRICK This offers two bodies of work that have grown from roots planted deep in the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, the I Ching (or Book of Changes). It isn’t my purpose to interpret or to apply any…

Six Tree Poems

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OLGA MARKELOVA 1. That night all the trees in the capital city set out on a crusade – the single-footed, the many-fingered, the curly-canopied and those stripped bald, those stunted and bark-bared, those wire-throttled, and those cemented up to their…