The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Jack Arnold cunningly trimmed and directed this stunning adaptation of 1950’s male anxiety, from a novel by Peter Matheson, now without the obvious sexual issues and the creepy pederast. Instead, a giant cat and giant spider provide the terror for Grant Williams, whose credible performance should have earned him an Academy Award.  

 

Officials strike a pose on climate change

Within teeth of an excavated fish,

Their prehistoric gasps for air more wish

American Museum of Natural History - One of the first ...

Than an actual energy exchange.

Prehistoric Angler fish / Painted on Behance

 

Mongrel nomads storm borders for shelter

From an environmental inversion:

Earth's magnetic poles show signs they are about to flip ...

Rain bombs, transubstantial radiation

Digital Art Animation GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Sunflowers bleed to poison the water.

Sunflower Everything | Gardening: Flower and Vegetables

 

Some version of the self might be reborn

Hieroglyphs of algorithmic codes,

Embedded wounded cries in the lymph nodes

From space junk airborne above earth’s blue horn.

 

Nature has had enough Anthropocene

And seems to be scrubbing the planet clean.

environment gif | Tumblr

 

[Disposable Poem November 16, 2021]

Dr. Mike


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