Black Nature, Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, edited by Camille T. Dungy, University of Georgia Press, 2009
Black poets have a long and rich tradition of incorporating the natural world into their work, but it is too often seen as political, historical, or protest poetry, when a relationship with nature is integral and vital. Includes poetry from nineteenth century onwards.
The Poetry of Birds, edited by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee, Penguin 2011
In lockdown many of us have noticed the birds even more – they give us so much everyday joy we almost take them for granted. Relish classic and contemporary poems through the centuries about birds, including many dedicated to specific species.
Earth Shattering: Ecopoems, edited by Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, 2007
This is still one of the best anthologies of its kind with a wide range of both themes and poets from across the world, from ancient China to 21st-century native American poetry, with postcolonial and feminist perspectives.
Wild Reckoning, an Anthology Provoked by Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’, edited by John Burnside and Maurice Riordan, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2004
This anthology responds to Carson’s 1962 haunting vision of loss that’s all too starkly resonant today, including poems of connection, fragility and concern for nature, with some commissioned poems in collaboration with scientists.
The Thunder Mutters, 101 Poems for the Planet, edited by Alice Oswald, Faber and Faber, 2005
“Putting our inner worlds in contact with the outer world — a deep, slow process that used to be the remit of the rake,” says Oswald, a fabulous nature poet herself, on putting together this anthology of poems spanning from Homer to contemporary, mostly Western World poets.
Modern Poetry in Translation I Have Not Known a Grief Like This, 2019 no.3
A special compilation of poets from across the world, including in translation, some well known and others we don’t hear from enough from. There are poems about endangered ecosystems around the world, from Brazil to Eritrea, plus a focus on endangered languages.
Apparently, The UK’s Poetry School Gingko Prize is the biggest ecopoetry prize in the world prize so it attracts some of the best, most original poems in its free anthologies.