I spent December and most of January in South Africa, working on this brand new issue 32 of carte blanche from afar and with the kind support of the team who held editorial meetings via Skype. More to the point, though, my time in Cape Town put me directly in touch with the extremities and potential crises of climate—currently, there is a major drought threatening “solutions” such as depopulating the city when water reserves leak down to rock bottom by mid-March.
Relevantly, authors in issue 32 relate to an ecological consciousness through literature. “My mouth develops its very own microclimate,” writes Madhur Anand in her poem “Love Numbers.” Through language, she directs a discussion of the responsibility of humanity living on this planet through the mouth, the primal organ of language, navigating an ecological consciousness onto the page.
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