Overlord ’s (2005) meditation"/>

Sea Chage

Jorie Graham, Author . Ecco $23.95 (56p) ISBN 978-0-06-153717-2

Graham’s 11th collection contains what might be her most urgent and impassioned writing to date. These 19 poems continue Overlord ’s (2005) meditation on current political and social crises, but the relative composure and straightforwardness of that volume has given way to panic, breathlessness, vertigo and fracture: “life disturbing life, & it/ fussing all over us, like a confinement gone/ insane, blurring the feeling of/ the state of / being.” Humankind’s degradation of the environment and itself during wartime are Graham’s primary concerns, with the title referring specifically to the way in which an apparently small shift—an undercurrent’s “warming by 1 degree”—will bring forth ruin: “the in - / dispensable / plankton is forced north now, & yet further north,/ spawning too late for the cod larvae hatch, such/ that the hatch will not survive, nor the/ species in the end.” Here, the interconnectedness of all life isn’t just a spiritual commonplace, it is grounds for a call to action, and one that Graham—a poet of rare responsiveness to the natural world and a thinker of great ethical responsibility—is uniquely qualified to make. (Apr. )

Reviewed on: 03/17/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
Show other formats
FORMATS
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 80 pages - 978-0-06-166431-1
Open Ebook - 80 pages - 978-0-06-166428-1
Ebook - 80 pages - 978-0-06-166433-5
Paperback - 56 pages - 978-0-06-153718-9
Ebook - 80 pages - 978-0-06-187316-4
Paperback - 124 pages - 978-1-85754-984-3
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.