The A1 Verse: The limit of the marginal

By Thomas Gaulkin | June 29, 2021

A cabin along Alaska's Arctic coast washed into the ocean when the bluff it was on eroded away. (Benjamin Jones, USGS Alaska Science Center)

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred June 28, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.

Native Americans Feel Brunt of Climate Change

(from the original by Christopher Flavelle and Kalen Goodluck)

water getting closer
thick ground thawing

on spongy marsh

storms growing stronger
tide water building

on dry land

one variation in
a history of dislocation

on a warming planet

the first Americans
face, again, erosion

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