December 14, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Penn Kemp




Studies in Extreme



A summer of fire versus water,

trees and seas crying aloud and

orca mother drops her dead calf.


Attribution Science lets us know

that improbable events are twice

as likely, given human influence.


The signal of human intervention

exacerbated by rising temperature.

Risks are up even at local levels.


While Souwesto is inundated in

thunderstorms and rivers are high,

forests are flaming north and west.


People may be burnt out because

the future feels distant, but we are

already affected. This exceptional


hot summer will become the norm

unless we act on working solutions

now. Climate change is changing us.






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Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is the author most recently of Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) and Local Heroes  (Insomniac Press, 2018). New eco-poems, including her multimedia collaboration with artist Mary McDonald on www.riverrevery.ca, will be published as River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019). Quattro Books has published two other works, Barbaric Cultural Practice, and an anthology Penn edited, Jack Layton: Art in Action.

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