Poetry is a compressor of meaning

The Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt on poetry as a tool to communicate immense complexities – something I try to do in my poetic summaries of scientific articles I write about climate change:

“How poetry can help us think about and live in the Anthropocene by reframing our intimate relationship with geological time?

Poetry can compress vast acreages of meaning into a small compass or perform the kind of bold linkages that would take reams of academic argument to plot; it can widen the aperture of our gaze or deposit us on the brink of transformation…

One of the most striking and unsettling aspects of the Anthropocene is the newly poignant sense that our present is in fact accompanied by deep pasts and deep futures. Fundamentally, the Anthropocene describes how humanity has radically intruded in deep times, the vast time scales that shape the Earth system and all the life-forms that it supports.”

Anthropocene Poetics

Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction



#AnthroRiver #recommended #poetry



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