Clara Breteau studied literature, theatre and dramaturgy (from the stage director Sébastien Bournac and under the sponsorship of Jacques Nichet), philosophy (at Sorbonne Paris I), economics (MBA at ESSEC) and permaculture (CCP from the Université Populaire de Permaculture). In parallel to a series of artistic projects (collection of poems, short films and staging) she used to collect funds, first for a French NGO and more latterly for the international renewable energy sector.
Today she focuses her research around the fertile relationship between ecology and poetry, by looking at poetry as a method of interpretation to gather knowledge of an era that can be complementary to that gathered through discursive reasoning. Her questioning rises from the failure of the majority of current ecological discourses to allow us to “believe what we know”. We thus reach the question that is put forward by the poet Jeanine Salesse: “what words should we sow to make the gardens of the world fertile again?” (“quelles paroles faut-il semer pour que les jardins du monde redeviennent fertiles ?”).
This interrogation takes the form of diverse activities: a radio show, “Poêmes pour les Temps qui courent”, poetry workshops, lectures and conferences. These interventions nourish and are nourished by three editorial projects: a collection of engaged poetry with a forward by Pierre Rabhi, that Clara Breteau is coordinating for the NGO Colibris in partnership with Gallimar. A book of interviews and poetry that could be published with “editions du Seuil” that includes ecologically engaged personalities such as Edgar Morin, Pierre Rabhi, Boris Cyrulnik, Gilles Clément. And finally, an essay entitled “A Manifest for Poetic Ecology” (Manifeste pour une Ecologie Poétique).