Guest edited by Leniqueca Welcome
In this issue of PREE, we looked for explorations of what ecocide – crimes against nature — means to the Caribbean, including its non-human inhabitants. Must ecocide be permanent? Vast? If a waterfall dries up, does it matter, once the rain starts again one day? What value is created by natural places that arouse joy and awe in people and is that value confined to those who see them? Or are such locations merely commodities to be assessed by the entrance cashier? What about hidden things – like coral reefs? If they become rubble, will that matter if the sea remains those multitudinous colours of blue, providing a suitable background for selfies? What about the reptiles most of us hate?
Does ecocide require human intent or is the damage done to a reef by dredging for a cruise ship pier no different to that wrought by a hurricane? Are our island homes going to remain habitable long into the future or will the names of hurricanes become the same kind of marker as wars in our history books – the Hundred Year Hurricane, perhaps? Are there places we remember, already lost, and do we mourn? We have conferred legal rights on our own non-living creations – corporations – why not on rivers or beaches or mountain ranges?
Send us your anger, your grief, your indifference, your uncertainty, your memories, your argument and your elegies for the Caribbean, now, in the era of the climate crisis. As always, we seek fiction, non-fiction, poetry, images and new narrative approaches.
Anchor image: Sheena Rose – “The Hurricane” ( 42 inches x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas), 2019.
Amanda Choo Quan
All That Would Be
Roland Watson Grant
When We Die
Bullshit, Sweet-talk, and Hindu Nationalism
El Dorado, City of Black Gold
Jewellery for Re-membering in the Afterlife of Slavery: A View From the Disappearing Beach
Teach yi How ta Swim
Buchibushi and The Whole World is Turning
Amanda T. McIntyre
La Tormenta and 20 de Septiembre
Reclamation by Water and Resurrection Morning
Ide Amari Thompson
Shinkolobwe, Belgian Congo
Morvant Landing and Swam Beauty
Beach as Plot?
On Hidden Scars and the Passive Voice
Nahir I. Otaño Gracia
When the Apocalypse is Now: Climate Crisis, Small Island Disasters and Migration in the Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian
Angelique V. Nixon
Shells and shores: Wendy Nanan and Andre Bagoo
Circa no future: Nadia Huggins
Bodies of water: recent work by Andrae Green
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