In N+1, Rebecca Ariel Porte, through experimental criticism, theorizes life in cities that will soon be underwater. Weaving Marvell’s “The Garden,” the early modern theory of marine counterparts, Marianne Moore’s “Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns,” troubadour songs, the difficulty of thinking without a lot of smoke and mirrors, and what will survive of us, Porte asks: “But is the mind the place of “mere” resemblances, images and imitations of the material world, or the originator of them?” The narrative follows a wanderer of drowned towns, This Touchstone, who receives a strange visitation from Her Marine Counterpart.
August 22, 2019
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