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Poetry and Global Compassion

By Patrick C Pietroni



In the third volume of his series of poems on compassion, Professor Pietroni focuses specifically on the concept of global compassion. He writes, “I define Global Compassion in a manner that describes our relation to our environment, to nature, to the sky and to the sea, to the earth and its various species. For many other cultures, this is the central focus of their lives, and it shapes and determines how they live. We are in the midst of major debates regarding climate change. The ice is rapidly melting in the North Pole, the coral is disappearing in the South Sea, the air is polluted by the burning of fossil fuel, and microplastics are found in the fish we eat.”

Ecopoetry is now a rapidly expanding genre that addresses these challenges. Contributions include poems by Ronald Higgins, Ann Selby, Ernest Haekel, Naomi Klein, and numerous others.

Subjects: PoetryPhilosophy

Contributor Bios
Professor Patrick C Pietroni, DSc (Hon), FRCP, FRCGP, MFPH, lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK—the birthplace of Charles Darwin—as well as in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is currently the director of the Centre for the Study of Compassion at the University of New Mexico. Pietroni has published several books and numerous academic articles. He founded and was editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, the International Journal of Cuban Studies, and the Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care.