Adagio For The Horizon

Adagio For The Horizon

Poetry

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About the book

The horizon is a type of boundary phenomenon. This book embraces the horizon literally understood, as the apparent boundary between earth and sky. It also draws on various metaphorical horizons, tracing the limits of human perception, knowledge and experience. It is especially attentive to the horizons of the Anthropocene, reflecting on their significance for us as a species and as cultural and historical beings, bound to human and other-than-human communities of various sorts. The “Adagio” poems explore changes that are pending, as well as already underway, in the wake of global warming and sea level rise. Tracing the arc of human perception, they pause in places that are – like our shadow or skin – part us and part of the world that surrounds us.

About the author

Whitt, Laurelyn

Laurelyn Whitt’s poems have appeared in various, primarily North American, journals including Nimrod International, The Malahat Review, Puerto Del Sol, PRISM International, The Tampa Review, ARC, Rattle, Descant, and The Fiddlehead. The most recent of her four poetry collections, Tether (Seraphim Editions) won the 2013 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She is also the author or co-author of three non-fiction titles. She has a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Western University, immigrated to Canada in 2007, and is a Professor of Native Studies at Brandon University. Currently, she divides her time between Manitoba and Newfoundland.

Excerpt

from TAILINGS

Nearly 2,000 birds die every year from exposure to the ponds. – Kevin Timoney, ecologist

Slurry of crushed rock and
effluents. Toxic pools fool

caribou, beaver, moose
who bow their heads

to drink. Great undulating

flocks of waterfowl circle
settle

then panic disoriented

falling under the blasts
of air cannons

the benediction of
floating scarecrows.

They say the bufflehead,
mired, just dove and

never came up.

The wings of others
keep beating

adagissimo
as they try to rise.

We close our eyes.

Still see them.


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