After Giantess declared her love, and conditions were set by Moon—build me a silver body, attire me, hinder my roll through space to attach the silvery limbs
—the two outliers danced until lightfall, where, on Venus, each day is longer than an Earth’s year. And dance on and on they did.
Upcoming IssueTo be mindful of the planet we call home is to be aware that our natural world is suffering. Its oceans are rising up, as if in protest. Its populations of birds and fish, of mammals and reptiles, are, many of them, in steep and steady decline. Droughts and wildfires counterpoint, in increasing intensity, hurricanes, flooding, and landslides. Glaciers and polar caps are dissolving before our eyes. Forests, coral reefs, habitats of every sort of life form, from tree frogs to butterfly fish, from elephants to bees, are profoundly afflicted. It is hardly an extremist point of view to see that our planet and all of its denizens—not just humans, who represent a small percentage of living beings, but all flora and fauna—are in mortal jeopardy.
Once, a poet of a different generation wrote, “Progress is a comfortable disease . . . A world of made / is not a world of born—pity poor flesh / and trees, poor stars and stones,” and went on to propose, darkly and no doubt wryly, “listen: there’s a hell / of a good universe next door; let’s go.” And yet, as e. e. cummings well knew, we really don’t have that option, notwithstanding a future colony on Mars.
This special issue of Conjunctions, Earth Elegies, gathers writings that examine and lament the plight of our planet, while also celebrating its grand sublimity, its peerless beauty, its interconnected intricacies, and, quite simply, its indispensability. Some of our most innovative writers, both emerging and established, will contribute work engaging this essential subject, including an interview with Robert Macfarlane conducted by Diane Ackerman and essays, fiction, poetry, and memoirs by Vint Virga, Charles McLeod, Brian Evenson, Eliot Weinberger, Fred Moten, Rae Armantrout, Paul Lisicky, Donald Revell, Rob Nixon, Sandra Meek, Toby Olson, Debbie Urbanski, Nicole Walker, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Rebecca Lilly, Hilary Leichter, Wil Weitzel, Jessica Reed, Jonathan Thirkield, Matthew Gavin Frank, Andrew Mossin, Lance Olsen, and many others.
Between now and August 1st, please mail your provocative, innovative, risk-taking fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction to our editorial office:
Bradford Morrow, Editor
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New York, NY 10003
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