It's time for another poem on klimazwiebel, your favorite climate-poetry blog. Science is about finding out how climate works, how it functions. Philosophy tries to give it a meaning and to make sense of it (?). And finally arts and poetry try to figure out how it feels.
Half a century later, for the poet Michael Robbins (educated by Guns N Roses, hip-hop and the University of Chicago), Braeutigan's vision definitively has turned into a technological nightmare. He seems to live in a world with unclear boundaries between video games and reality, a kind of i-nightmare, and in his poem he struggles with issues like hybrid creatures, terror, and his carbon footprint which has turned him into a "Yeti for the Sherpas". Machines of loving grace? Well, not exactly - anger has raised his "appetite for destruction":
Appetite for Destruction —Michael Robbins
You homicidal bitch. I killed the boar ’cause boar’s the game I came here for. I clear the jungle with the edge of my hand. I make love to an ATM. I enrich uranium. Dude, this aggression will not stand.
I want to watch you bleed. My tongue doesn’t know its right from wrong. I’m uninsured. I ride the bus, a loaded gun inside my purse. My mouth’s a roadside bomb.
The boar’s inside the mosque and then the RPG has martyred him. His favorite song was “Crazy Train.” I pity the Lord, pity the Flash, I sleep through gynecology class.
They call me Yeti because my carbon footprint drives the sherpas round the bend into the village of the whup-ass can. When I lie on my back in the ashy rain, pigs drink from my cavernous groin.
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