That ominous sloshing sound Jen Karetnick hears in her sleep is the warmer, ever-fatter Atlantic spilling over the brim of her Miami hometown. Denial be damned, this collection confronts climate change and poetically spotlights the damage awaiting low-lying coastal areas if meaningful action isn’t taken now. An MFA holder from the University of Miami, her work has appeared in numerous top journals.
The Opposite of Mecca
Oh, the darkness of it all—black cat, black dog,
black monkey on the black-eyed woman’s shoulder,
rocking on a boat dock over water so absent of light
even our dreams have lost their shadows. In this house
made of books and planks, under the art of thatch
and weave, we are birds nesting together who have closed
our throats to song. This is where, without definition, we pin
the horizon as the center on a map of our always new world.
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