Book spine poem: Touching the Precipice

For the day that’s in it, a new book spine poem. Bit gloomy, this one.


Touching the Precipice

Zero, zero, zero wild flowers,
The insect societies
Collapse on your doorstep –
Mind and nature
Touching the precipice.


A stack of books before a white background, with the spines of the books facing out and forming a colourful visual poem.

Thank you to the authors: Roberto Saviano, Richard Fitter and Marjorie Blamey, Edward O. Wilson, Jared Diamond, Heather Greer, Gregory Bateson, Ashley Montagu, and Toby Ord; and to Nina Katchadourian.

Today marks the release of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Its message is rightly alarming. The insect-collapse story goes back a few years; the situation was summarised by Ed Yong in the Atlantic in 2019.

More of these in my bookmash archive (where you might spot a couple of the spines above). Let me know if you make your own.


4 Responses to Book spine poem: Touching the Precipice

  1. M FLANAGAN says:

    Could not not share!

  2. Mary says:

    This is excellent. Yesterday felt more apocalyptic than usual, and this is so appropriate.

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