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LETISIA CRUZ &
“How porous we are.”
A thing is said to be porous if it is full of holes or openings. A barrier that allows for easy passage. Sponges are porous. Skin is porous. Relationships can be porous.
When we think about things that are porous, we often think about water, floods, the ocean. Some of us think about drowning.
In Miami there is much talk these days about the rising sea level. Those of us who live on or near the beach may, in fact, be drowning quite literally in the near future.
On the west coast we have the Cascadia earthquake—“The Really Big One” most of us read about in the New Yorker a few months back, to look forward to.
And yet, we are the lucky ones. Those of us who have access to clean water, to food, who are able to read what we choose, to access the internet and the countless resources that we take for granted—we are fortunate in comparison to so many who do not share these privileges.
The Literary Review, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s literary journal, recently published back-to-back issues themed Flight and Fight. This is fitting. When we think about how many of us, whether as a result of personal experience or as a byproduct of environmental causes, no longer have access to nourishment or clean water, or live in constant fear of persecution, exist in a constant state of fight-or-flight.
Kirsten Irving’s poem aptly titled “We May All Be Killed,” paired with Mark Anthony Rossi’s photograph instills in us a sense of urgency—our lives are transitory, our porous bodies dissolving even as we speak. The water is rising. The earth threatens to devour us. And yet, here we are.
Schulz, K. (2015). “The Big One.” The New Yorker. Retrieved from
“Miami Beach Flooding.” The Huffington Post. Retrieved from
POET Kirsten Irving is a writer, editor and voice actor living in London. She is commissioning editor at award-winning poetry press Sidekick Books. Her poetry has been widely anthologised, translated into Russian and Spanish and thrown out of a helicopter. Kirsten is interested in robots, corvids, outsider art and collaboration. @KoftheTriffids
PHOTOGRAPHER Mark Antony Rossi's poetry, criticism, fiction and photography have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Another Chicago Review Bareback Magazine, Black Heart Review, Collages & Bricolages, Death Throes, Deep South Journal, Ethical Specacle, Deep South Journal, Flash Fiction, The Magill Review, Japanophile, On The Rusk,Purple Patch, entiment Literary Journal, The Sacrificial and Wild Quarterly. His most recent play "Eye of the Needle" was produced by Grin Theatre, Liverpool, England and its youtube recording is available at the link below.