November 22, 2018

What do things mean at the end of the world?

Henry Bell


My entry is a an eco-poetic contemplation of death and renewal. It’s a view, from the Southside of Glasgow, of the impending environmental and political collapse: asking what it might mean on a personal level; how climate change and the threat of war are expressed in our sub-conscious; and what might survive or grow out of the calamities that we face as humans. It is an exploration of the current atmosphere of political and environmental decline, but it is intended to also be a poem that expresses hope and possibility.

In it a Ginko tree, the ancient and symbolic plant that is the last of its genus recurs in different aspects of the speaker’s life. The poem looks for meaning in the tree and in ideas of destruction and survival.