Young poets on the climate emergency: psychoanalytic perspectives

Earlier in 2020, The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network teamed up with the Freud Museum London to run their third writing challenge together. They asked young poets aged up to 25 worldwide to submit poems about how the climate crisis has affected them and their mental health.

The responses were overwhelming. Hundreds of poets from across the globe submitted work, from which two winners were published, as well as five commended poems and a longlist. The top poems explore climate anxiety, activism, frustration, desperation, inaction and anger. They bridge the personal and the political, asking: what should we be doing differently? How can we enjoy our lives in an era of climate crisis?

You can read the winning poems on the challenge page.

The winning poets recorded themselves performing their poems and speaking about how they came to write them. These videos were shown at the Freud Museum’s conference The Climate Emergency: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on 30 May 2020 to an audience of academics worldwide.

Several of the videos are now online. To watch these young poets bring their poems to life, visit The Poetry Society’s YouTube channel.

Find out more about Young Poets Network’s series of climate challenges here.

30 May 2020