But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
Through song and story, Patti Smith gives us new insight into the transcendent genius of William Blake.
We prayed for the game warden’s blindness.
We prayed for the road home.
We ate the fish.
A prelude to what can be expected in the future was provided by the events of August and September 2017, when the military was called upon to provide disaster relief in the wake of three particularly powerful hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — at the very moment California and the state of Washington were being ravaged by powerful wildfires.
We can envision Earth entering a fire age comparable to the ice ages of the Pleistocene, complete with the pyric equivalent of ice sheets, pluvial lakes, periglacial outwash plains, mass extinctions, and sea level changes.