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Life Without Air Reviews

Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge

Life Without Air

Daisy Lafarge

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Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 5 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781783786336
4 stars out of 5
5 Dec 2020

"A fierce and clear-eyed debut that finds a fresh way to explore humankind’s role in environmental chaos"

 Life Without Airmakes a multitude of connections between human beings and the world of the non-human. However, unlike with some more traditional nature poetry, Lafarge does not use the environment as just a backdrop, or fodder for metaphor. Rather, this is a work of true interrelation, albeit one that never falls into easy or holistic union. Her long poem “Dredging the Baotou Lake” considers a lake in Inner Mongolia, poisoned by the mineral mining that feeds our technologies. For Lafarge, this site opens up the unsettling and toxic links between human affect, capitalist oppression and environmental chaos...