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IN THE ANTHROPOCENE, THERE CAN BE NO CLIMATE IN THE OLD SENSE; ONLY WEATHERCULTURES, WITH PEOPLE ACTING AS WEATHERCULTURALISTS.

eric magrane

 

 

 

the compost pile teems

                           with industrial wreckage

 

 

 

the great acceleration, tipping

                            points, planetary

                                         boundaries

 

 

 

                it was the best of

                                                        the apocalypso

 

                it was the worst of

                                                        the apocalypse

tempo, tiempo, weather, time

 

 

 

                 it was the best of

                                                        the apocalypse

                 it was the worst of

                                                        the apocalypso

           

 

 

people marched in the streets

people stood with water

people held cabinet meetings under the sea

 

 

 

an artist drew a line

                                          in a city where the ocean water will be

 

 

 

 

                                           how does one reconcile

                                           the multiple trajectories

                                           of history, catastrophe, and transformation

 

 

 

throw the old categories in with the millipedes and slugs

 

 

tempo, tiempo, weather, time

             sift and turn, let the air in

                                                                  for better decomposition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


         Notes: the title is a quote from Mike Hulme, from his book Weathered: Cultures of Climate. Apocalypso is the title of a book of poetry by Evelyn Reilly. 

eric  magrane

is an assistant professor of geography at New Mexico State University. He is the editor, with Christopher Cokinos, of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press), and with Linda Russo, Craig Santos Perez, and Sarah de Leeuw, of Geopoetics in Practice (forthcoming from Routledge). Recent work also appears in Ecotone, Literary Geographies, GeoHumanities, and in the books Counter-desecration: A glossary for writing within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan), Big energy poets: When ecopoets think climate change (BlazeVOX), and elsewhere.

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