I typed, Are you aging? Are you tired and worn? Do you spend all your time fretting about the fine lines on your face and how they foretell the slow and steady march toward death or, worse, that moment when the world will turn its eyes from your old & unbeautiful face? ...more
The lasso was a gaping mouth that opened wide enough, we hoped, to swallow the cloud. ...more
Tags: Accident, Charleston, climate change, Earthquake, emergency, filipino, flash fiction, hurricane, interpreter, jellyfish, Niyah Morris, Rumpus Original Fiction, seoul, short fiction, short stories, short story, storm, storms, weather
Proximity to disaster is inevitable. ...more
A satiric comic that looks at the grim reality of climate catastrophe through the humorous lens of fashion tips. ...more
is a climate novel not because it contends with catastrophe, but because it shows that everydayness has a way of proceeding alongside disaster. ...more
You want to, but do you? Do you dare hope? ...more
Tags: Barbara Ras, book review, childhood, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, depression, family, grief, heaven, Kelly Terwilliger, Noah's ark, Pitt Poetry Series, poems, poetry, poetry review, review, siblings, The Blues of Heaven
Pleasures and possibilities, though, come hard-won in this book. ...more
Tags: Agnes Martin, Ana Mendieta, Andrea Dworkin, Bayard Rustin, book review, Carl Andre, climate change, climate crisis, COVID-19, cultural criticism, Elissa Favero, Everybody, Everybody: A Book about Freedom, fascism, freedom, gender binary, homophobia, James Baldwin, Justin Vivian Bond, Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Olivia Laing, Philip Guston, psychotherapy, Racism, Rebecca Solnit, review, sexism, Sigmund Freud, susan sontag, Terry Castle, The Lonely City, Wilhelm Reich
Wendy J. Fox discusses her new story collection, WHAT IF WE WERE SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Tags: A Door Behind a Door, A Fish Growing Lungs, Alexis Orgera, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn, Alysia Sawchyn, Amanda Gorman, Blind Man's Bluff, Book Club, Cairo Circles, capitalism, climate change, climate crisis, Connie Walker, COVID, COVID-19, coworkers, Doma Mahmoud, Head Case, If the Ice Had Held, J.T. Hill, James Tate Hill, jen michalski, linked stories, Marisa Siegel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, pandemic, revision, Richard Powers, Rumpus Book Club, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Expanse, the overstory, The Rumpus Book Club, Wendy J. Fox, What If We Were Somewhere Else, workplace, Yelena Moskovich, You'll Be Fine
Like a buoy, Agodon’s poems rise above and go below the surface. ...more
Tags: american politics, ”, “Brief for the Defense, book review, caregivers, caregiving, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, Copper Canyon, Copper Canyon Press, Dialogues with Rising Tides, dysfunctional relationships, ellen bass, gender inequality, gendered violence, Jack Gilbert, Kelli Russell Agodon, Lauren K. Carlson, poems, poetry, poetry review, Politics, rape, relationships, resilience, sexual trauma, sexual violence, The Thing Is, trauma
If the birds were first, other small things would surely follow, and we are the caretakers of small things. ...more
Tags: Ambrose Channel, Atlantic Flyway, bird watching, birds, Brooklyn, climate change, climate crisis, death, humpback whales, kindergarten, light pollution, Lindsey Trout Hughes, mortality, motherhood, Museum of Natural History, natural world, nature, new york, New York City, noise pollution, parenting, parents, Prospect Park, Ravens, Sandy Hook, school shootings, warblers, whales, yellow warblers
A weekly roundup of essays we’re reading online!
Tags: Accident, Alexandra Middleton, catapult, climate change, Debbie Weingarten, desert, emails, entropy, Guernica, Guernica Magazine, Ko Bragg, Korea, lupus, Maggie Levantovskaya, New York subway, Ope Adedeji, sardines, Scalawag, tattoos, The Offing, trauma, Victoria Cho, Virginia Walcott
Janice Lee discusses her new novel, IMAGINE A DEATH.
Tags: american literature, animals, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Anna Tsing, apocalypses, apocalyptic, Bayo Akomolafe, Brenda Iijima, Charles Foster, climate change, colonialism, Craft in the Real World, desert, ecofiction, entropy, experimental, experimental fiction, ghosts, han, Imagine a Death, inherited trauma, janice lee, labels, László Krasznahorkai, los angeles, Matthew Salesses, meditation, Melissa Matthewson, natural world, nature, plants, Portland, privilege, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Separation Anxiety, setting, The Accomplices, The Mushroom at the End of the World, The Sky Isn't Blue, trauma
Cai Emmons discusses her new novel, SINKING ISLANDS.
Tags: Australia, Bill McKibben, Book Club, Cai Emmons, cli fi, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, climate science, Colum McCann, Craig Childs, Dana Spiotta, David Wallace-Wells, eco-fiction, ecofiction, Elizabeth Kolbert, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, From the Caves, Greenland, Hamnet, Jason Box, Jeff Goodell, Maggie O'Farrell, Marisa Siegel, meteorology, Red Hen Press, research, Rumpus Book Club, Sao Paulo, sequel, Sequels, Sinking Islands, south pacific, teachers, The Rumpus Book Club, the uninhabitable earth, The Water Will Come, Thea Prieto, TransAtlantic, Under a White Sky, Wayward, weather, Weather Woman
This collection suggests again and again that poets and poetry are conjoined with such places—found on a map and indelibly mapped to the psyche. ...more
Tags: Abigail Chabitnoy, agoraphobia, Breath of Wild, Bruce Snider, Christopher Kempf, Claudia Rankine, climate change, climate crisis, COVID, COVID-19, Du Fu, Eavan Boland, Edward Derby, Elizabeth Bishop, environmental crisis, Gaston Bachelard, George Floyd, isolation, Legend of Zelda, Marshall McLuhan, memory, nostalgia, pandemic, Paradise Indiana, Paterson, place, Pleiades Press, poems, poetry, prose poem, rural, rural America, rural life, Sabrina Orah Mark, setting, Shara Lessley, The Poem's Country, The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth, Wordsworth, Zelda, zoom
“As a writer, to describe even perils can be a form of hope.”
Tags: Acting My Age, aging, Christian Divine, climate change, climate crisis, Compared to What?, Curves of Pursuit, George Carlin, hawaii, Honolulu, John Fowles, leland cheuk, Life Is Strange, Life Is Worth Losing, mortality, Nacio Jan Brown, Nami Mun, Norma Farber, photography, Rag Theatre, Robert Lowell, Shawna Yang Ryan, Sidney Farber, Tales for the Son of My Unborn Child, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thomas Farber, Through a Liquid Mirror, Wayne Levin, WS Merwin
“When I first came out as trans, I learned a lot from trans youth; they taught me so much.”
Tags: A Natural History of Transition, body horror, Callum Angus, climate change, climate crisis, colonialism, debut collection, Elanor Broker, Friday Black, Gender Identity, historical fiction, horror, identity, LGBTQ, magic realism, magical realism, Metonymy Press, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, natural world, nature, nature writing, short fiction, short stories, smoke and mold, Stephen Graham Jones, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trans, transition, transitioning, Victor LaValle
Kathryn Smith discusses her new poetry collection, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CEPHALOPOD.
Tags: Aileen Keown Vaux, anthropocene, Bible, biblical, Book of Exodus, Brooke Matson, Chosen Companions of the Goblin, Christianity, climate change, climate crisis, community, drowning, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, environmental writing, francine j harris, In Accelerated Silence, Jake Adam York Prize, Kala Williams, Kathryn Smith, Literary Community, Marianne Moore, Milkweed, Milkweed Editions, natural world, nature, poems, poetry, Port Angeles, religion, repetition, Self-Portrait with Cephalopod, Spokane, theology, Traci Brimhall, washington, writing community
For me, performance is a conversation with the sacred and timeless, the sublime. ...more
Tags: Alberto Lopez, Alice Coltrane, Andres Renteria, Andy Goldsworthy, Antonin Artaud, Asher Levy, Astral Weeks, biracial, Body Weather Farm, Body Weather Laboratory, Butoh, Caetano Veloso, Carlos Niño, City Zen Records, climate change, climate crisis, Come Out of Your Mine, Cosmic Ocean Ship, dance, dancing, Delhi, Diamanda Galás, experimental music, Flying Lotus, folk music, Future Pigeon, Gabor Szabo, Gregory Isaacs, guitar, Hijikata Tatsumi, Hopeton Overton Brown, India, indie folk, internment, internment camps, Japan, japanese internment, Japanese-American, jazz, Jesse Peterson, Jon Hatamiya, Joni Mitchell, Kazuo Ohno, Laraaji, Leonard Cohen, los angeles, Manzanita, Mark Nishita, Meredith Monk, Mia Doi Todd, Milford Graves, Milton Nascimento, Min Tanaka, mixed race, Morning Music, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, Nina Simone, Orchestra Baobab, parenting, Paul Livingstone, pop music, pop songs, Ravi Shankar, reggae, rick moody, Roxanne Steinberg, Sam Gendel, Sean Okaguchi, singing, songcraft, songwriting, Specialist in All Styles, Steve Reich, swinging modern sounds, The Conquest of Mexico, The Ewe and the Eye, The Theater and Its Double, Theater of Cruelty, Tracy Wannomae, Van Morrison, Will Logan, World War II, WWII, Zebulon, Zeroone
What does our “future-dread,” as O’Connell puts it, show us about our own lives in the present? ...more
Tags: amazon, american south, anthropocene, Apocalypse, book review, capitalism, Caroline Ross, chernobyl, class inequality, climate change, climate crisis, colonialism, COVID-19, Dark Mountain, Dark Mountain Project, Elon Musk, family, futurism, Highlands, Jia Tolentino, Joan Didion, Manifesto of Futurism, Mark O’Connell, memoir, notes from an apocalypse, pandemic, parenting, Peter Thiel, prepper, privilege, review, Richard Branson, sara krolewski, Scottish Highlands, social criticism, SpaceX, systemic inequality, The White Album, Trick Mirror, white supremacists, White Supremacy
“Technology is our most common landscape, no?”
Tags: Alphabet, Amory B. Lovins, Baudelaire, climate change, climate crisis, commuting, conservation, COVID-19, Deepwater Horizon, ecopoetics, ecopoetry, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, George Oppen, Great Recession, History of Cold Seasons, Inger Christensen, j.a. tyler, Joshua Harmon, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie, natural world, nature, pandemic, poems, poetry, Poughkeepsie, Scape, Social Media, technology, The Annotated Mixtape, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Soft Path, weather
What my mind cannot yet fathom, my body already knows. ...more
Tags: bodies, Brooklyn, California, Camp Fire, Chico, chronic illness, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, Concow, COVID-19, deer ticks, ebola, ecoanxiety, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, fires, Glenn Albrecht, human bodies, human body, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, hurricanes, illness, Jody Jones, Kyla Schuller, Lyme, Lyme disease, Magalia, medical trauma, New Jersey, new york, paradise, Santa Rosa, SARS, ticks, trauma, Vermont, weather, wildfire, zoonotic
I still wonder what became of all those gentle cows. ...more
Tags: American exceptionalism, anemia, animal cruelty, animals, breaking up, breakups, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, college, cows, depression, dispossessed, environmental crisis, exceptionalism, farming, feminism, feminist, fire, forest fires, Galicia, Hormel Foods, iowa, Louisa Pavlik, meat consumption, mothers, mothers and daughters, Oregon, patriarchal, patriarchy, relationships, spain, study abroad, travel abroad, vegetarian, vegetarianism
Howard Axelrod discusses his new book, THE STARS IN OUR POCKETS.
Tags: Amy Danzer, attention span, Barack Obama, big data, capitalism, climate change, creative nonfiction, crime and punishment, Curiosity, Czeslaw Milosz, data, David Foster Wallace, digital age, empathy, Facebook, genre, Gerald Edelman, google, Henry Thoreau, Howard Axelrod, identity, kafka, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Nelson, Marilynne Robinson, mary gaitskill, Mary Oliver, nature, Olivia Laing, Rebecca Solnit, smartphones, Social Media, technocapitalism, technology, The Argonauts, The Faraway Nearby, The Lonely City, the natural world, The Recovering, The Stars in Our Pockets, William James
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers discusses her new collection, THE TILT TORN AWAY FROM THE SEASONS.
Tags: Acre Books, Agha Shahid Ali, Benjamin Garcia, Book Club, brian spears, Brian Teare, China, climate change, climate crisis, colonialism, Doomstead Days, dystopia, Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, experimentation, Faylita Hicks, fertility, gender, gender inequality, HoodWitch, isolation, Jaquira Díaz, Kenyon Review, Kim Stanley Robinson, Linda Bierds, Mars Rover, mary roach, Midwest, motherhood, New Orleans, Ohio, Ordinary Girls, Packing For Mars, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Red Mars, research, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, rural, sci-fi, science fiction, sonnet crown, speculative, speculative poetry, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, Thrown in the Throat, Wallace Stevens, Whitman
“[I]t was thrilling to try to push up against genre and density of language and see what strange hybrids emerged.”
Tags: All the Day’s Sad Stories, animals, Anne Valente, charlotte bronte, climate change, climate crisis, debut novel, dogs, Dzanc, Dzanc Books, Gothic, historical fiction, hybrid genre, Jane Franklin, John Franklin, Ken McGoogan, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, landscape, Michelle Dotter, mini interview, mystery, research, revision, setting, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Snow Collectors, Tina May Hall, Villette, writing process
And then, from this scorched landscape, transformation. ...more
Tags: activism, activists, book review, climate change, climate crisis, climate journalism, climate journalist, David Wallace-Wells, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, environmental writing, global warming, harrison hill, hope, natural world, nature, Richard Powers, the overstory, the uninhabitable earth, trees
Change happens. It is dramatic. Poetry transformed lesbian lives. ...more
Tags: activism, Adrienne Rich, Alicia Mountain, Asiya Wadud, audre lorde, black bodies, bodies, Cherry Jones, Chocolate Waters, Claudia Scott, climate change, climate crisis, Coffeehouse Press, Copper Canyon Press, Crosslight for Youngbird, Dawn Lundy Martin, E. Sharon Gomillion, ecology, eileen myles, environmental crisis, farmers, farming, female bodies, feminism, feminist, Fran Winant, Glass Is Glass Water Is Water, good stock strange blood, Goya, Grandma, High Ground Coward, immigration, In Full Velvet, Jan Clausen, Jenny George, Judy Grahn, Julie R. Enszer, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Lamda Literary Award, Lesbian, Lesbian Poetry, lesbians, Leslie Mackinaw, LGBTQ, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, Lily Tomlin, marriage, Mary Oliver, Michael Walsh, migration, Movement in Black, natural world, nature, Nickole Brown, Nightboat Books, Obergefell v. Hodges, Pat Parker, poetry, Politics, queer, queer writers, queer writing, Rae Gouirand, Rattle, Sarah Schulman, SDiane Bogus-Adamz, sexual orientation, sexuality, Spork Press, The Dirt Riddles, The Dream of Reason, To Those Who Were Our First Gods, Transparent, University of Iowa Press, Willyce Kim, women's bodies
Looking can be a way to honor, a way to pay our respects. ...more
Tags: aging, Basho, book review, climate change, climate crisis, Complicity, Elizabeth Jacobson, hurricane, Julie Marie Wade, Kobayashi Issa, Mary Oliver, natural world, nature, Not Into the Blossoms and Not Into the Air, Parlor Press, poems, poetry, privilege, Sei Shonagon, Trump
Elvia Wilk discusses her debut novel, OVAL.
Tags: anxiety, apathy, berlin, capitalism, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, conspiracy theories, conspiracy theorists, consumption, debut novel, detachment, Elvia Wilk, Emmelein Clein, empathy, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, Families, family structure, family unit, feminism, feminist, first book, friendships, gender inequality, gender roles, generosity, grief, individualism, institutions, Internet, millennial, millennials, Oval, relationships, Soft Skull Press, Sruti Islam, tech industry, unconditional love, weather
Liz Breazeale discusses her debut story collection, EXTINCTION EVENTS.
Tags: aliens, anxiety, Bowling Green State University, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, debut collection, dinosaurs, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, experimentation, extinction, Extinction Events, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, genre, genre fiction, Laura Maylene Walter, Liz Breazeale, MFA, Missouri, natural disaster, natural disasters, natural world, nature, one hundred years of solitude, paleontologist, paleontology, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, research, science, science fiction, sexism, short stories, STEM, story collection, The X-Files, University of Nebraska Press, X-Files