The works of Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018) and Newton Harrison (b.1932) focus on large-scale landscape and environment issues from city scale to continental scale. The paper draws on Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom (2008), Green Heart Vision (1995) and Kester’s theoretical reading of their work (2004). Whilst the Harrisons’ works are conventionally interpreted as part of the visual, and more specifically environmental, arts this paper focuses on their poetic texts. It explores the use of poetry to address policy issues by focusing on the ways metaphors structure thinking about environments.
FREMANTLE, C. 2008. Making poetry to invent policy: the practice of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. Presented at the 5th Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment UK biennial conference (ASLE UK 2008): activism, apocalypse and the avant-garde, 10-13 July 2008, Edinburgh, UK.