Reviews

“In her Blake-vision for the planet, Helen Moore intones, invokes, implores and damns. Ecozoa is a summoning-up of all animals, plants, rocks and soil, to have their say as humans dissolve the planet, as the State rides roughshod over the rights of humans and environment. Moore's is an assertive plea for the earth to reclaim its intactness, its wholeness in the face of human destruction, human abuse. But it's also calling across time to our human ancestors, a gathering of the human condition, a roll-call of all those who have suffered and need to be given voice - accounting for the costs of human using human for personal and collective gain.

 

This is nothing less than a declaration of nature's independence, a manifesto for human engagement that is inclusive, respectful and aware of the impact all of us make in our day-to-day lives on the earth's living body. It is passionate and compassionate, angry but also speaking from within the condition, the crisis.

 

There's also a vital ecofeminism here that takes responsibility, and realigns the Goddess as a force for addressing the monopolising of all religions by the tools of military-industrial violence. And all of this cased in prophetic utterances underpinned by gritty realism - blending invocation and reportage. In Moore is a feminist-Ginsberg-channelling-Blake - a voice we need, a voice that will not be silenced by vested interests. This is science as justice, poetry as action. Though deeply crafted, these poems are no mere ornaments for our consumption. And there's a terrible beauty in all of this that needs to be understood as an affirmation of all existence. If the poems hold to account, the book offers us a means of healing - it is a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics.”

- John Kinsella on ECOZOA

"Helen Moore’s Ecozoa is oratorical.  This is eco-poetics, activism on the page...  I admired the poet’s stamina: poem after poem calling time on destructive ways of thinking about our relationship to the earth, her courage in speaking or even shouting out what needs to be heard, through a variety of forms and characters: as daughter of dodmen; or in a Court transcript in the brilliant and Second Light prize-winning long poem, Earth Justice; or Noah’s daughter - ‘Ah, sighs Noah’s daughter, these rains/are all the tears that people never shed’, from Ark Rains, from Aberdeen to Zennor). I felt I was being informed (about campaigns, the language of eco-politics, the significance of women and feminism in the survival of the planet; what is happening to the earth, the atmosphere, how we might have to live  after climate change, in Climate Adaptation, #1 and #2)."

- Kay Syrad, Artemis Magazine, Nov 2015

“The role of the poet includes stretching us beyond our everyday life. Helping us to see the world with new eyes.  And giving voice to those intangible feelings within.  In ECOZOA Helen does all of these things, bringing into our consciousness the Ecozoic Era – an era that, as Thomas Berry says, “we must will into being”. An era where we are all part of, and in relationship with, an evolving planet. Not passengers plundering the resources for our own gain.

 

In this book, the poem 'Deep Time, Deep Tissue' does more than science or explanations can do – it connects with my  imagination and transports me into being part of the cosmos, away from my earthly body..”  

- ECOZOA reviewed by Ian Mowll, in Green Spirit Magazine

"Moore draws on the rich ecofeminist traditions of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy and Ivone Gebara. Traditional patriarchal theology has seen nature as subservient to ‘man’ and inanimate (Christ, 2002: 89), but Moore’s work sees the soul, depth and power of all that lives."

- Sara Iles reviewing in Feminist Theology, 25-1, 2016

"Helen's language is crafted like the finest sculpture, but this poetry is also visceral and pulsating.  She has the ability to stand at the threshold of another world, looking back into this broken time, whilst beckoning us into the promise of the Great Turning. This creates an exquisite tension in her work."

- Maddy Harland, author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating land, culture and hope,  on ECOZOA

"Helen Moore’s poetry is an inch of topsoil built up over millennia; a living cell seen teeming under a microscope; a galaxy’s lucid dream. These poems pulse with ecstatic exuberance, linguistic intensity, and pleasing complexity coupled with profound insight. Embodying the evolutionary, Deep-Time vision of writers like Thomas Berry, Moore’s stunning work stretches us between decaying political systems and the Earth’s enchanted cosmopolis. When Walt Whitman wrote of “expecting the main things” from “poets to come,” he must have been anticipating Helen Moore."

- Drew Dellinger, author of Love Letter to the Milky Way

"Helen Moore has something to say, and the artistry to say it: actually a pretty rare combination. The urgency and emphasis of her message as an ‘ecopoet’ could easily become polemic in less skilful hands; but hers are very skillful, and it’s a grave delight to read.

 

Structured around Blake’s Four Zoas, and conceived in the inheritance of his vision as poetry for now, it begins on the massage table in ‘Deep Time, Deep Tissue’: a sustained meditation on the body which also stands for the earth and our relationship to it (the body is ecology). The poem moves precisely through connection, at once personal and transpersonal, which stands as a metaphor for all the poems that follow, which include ‘Kali Exorcism’, ‘A History of the British Empire in a Single Object’ (a folding rocking chair), the magnificent ‘Earth Justice’ (dedicated to eco-lawyer Polly Higgins, founder of the concept of Ecocide she is working to register internationally as a crime), ‘Spaced Out’ which I’ve included in my new anthology Diamond Cutters (with Andrew Harvey, due in 2016), and ‘Succession, Hampton Court Palace’.

 

You’ve probably already guessed how political her work also is, and the gift of this collection is its inclusivity, always the hallmark of a major poet. It’s also a fine production from the founders of Permaculture magazine in East Meon, Hampshire."

- Jay Ramsay reviewing ECOZOA for Caduceus Magazine

 

Mary Cresswell's review of  ECOZOA in Plumwood Mountain Journal, click here to read.

Lindsay Clarke's review of ECOZOA in Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, click here to read.

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