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The Poetics of Biophilia: Basma Kavanagh’s Niche

Basma Kavanagh’s new collection, Niche, builds on ecopoetic concerns first raised in her debut collection, Distillō (Gaspereau Press, 2012). Her opening poem, “Call,” acts as a mythopoetic invocation that seeks to call nature back into fuller being: “call the wolf, cut coyote open to let it out, its wail. Let the forest fill with game.” The urgency of this imperative reflects Kavanagh’s insistence that we stay our “hunger for a while. Be hungry. Mourn. Pray.”