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.
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.