Friday, March 31, 2017

The Farewell Glacier, by Nick Drake

The Farewell Glacier, by NICK DRAKE
Published by Bloodaxe Books, April 2012. Buy it on Hive.

The poems in The Farewell Glacier grew out of a journey to the High Arctic. In late 2010, Nick Drake sailed around Svalbard, an archipelago 500 miles north of Norway, with artists and scientists from Cape Farewell, the arts climate change organization.

It was the end of the Arctic summer. The sun took eight hours to set. When the sky briefly darkened, the Great Bear turned about their heads as it had for Pythias the Greek, the first European known to have explored this far north. Sailing as close as possible to the vast glaciers that dominate the islands, they saw polar bear tracks on pieces of pack ice the size of trucks. And they tried to understand the effects of climate change on the ecosystem of this most crucial and magnificent part of the world.

Nick Drake's new collection gathers together voices from across the Arctic past - explorers, whalers, mapmakers, scientists, financiers, the famous and the forgotten - as well as attempting to give voice to the confronting mysteries of the High Arctic: the animal spirits, the shape-shifters, and the powers of ice and tundra. It looks into the future, to the year 2100, when this glorious winter Eden will have vanished forever.

Nick Drake is a poet, screenwriter, and playwright.

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