Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #26 – An Oceanic Worldview Reading Seascapes

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Like the movement of the ocean she’s walking on, coming from one continent/continuum,touching another, and then receding (‘reading’) from the island(s)into the perhaps creative chaos of the(ir) future.

Kamau Brathwaite (1)

Last month the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate was issued. It finds ocean warming and acidification, loss of oxygen and changes in nutrient supplies. It warns us that marine life is already affected in all areas. What does that mean for human life? Reading together we want to learn about the entanglements of human and non-human, of land and water, of forest and ocean. Healthy oceans are carbon sinks and are producing oxygen, playing a fundamental role in regulating global temperatures. Damaged marine ecosystems are no longer offering food, livelihoods, nor safe coastlines.

For the stone of this land to be bombedby the wind & all this, all this water ……………………………… wood has become so useless, stripped wet,fragile, broken, totally uninhabitablewith what we must still build.

Kamau Brathwaite (2)

(1) Kamau Brathwaite, ConVERSations with Nathaniel Mackey (New York: We Press, 1999); IN: Stefanie Hessler (ed.): Tidalectics – Imagining an oceanic worldview through art and science, TBA21-Academy, London, England, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018.

(2) Kamau Brathwaite, Shar: Hurricane Poem (Kingston, Jamaica: Savacou, 1990) quoted in Revisiting Tidalectics: Irma/José/Maria 2017 by Elizabeth DeLoughrey; IN: Stefanie Hessler (ed.): Tidalectics – Imagining an oceanic worldview through art and science, TBA21-Academy, London, England, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018.