Writing the Pacific Plastic patch

A nice article by Gary Chun, and featuring photos by Jen Coleman, about events at the University of Hawaii organized by Susan M. Schultz and with support from Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Lecturership series, which is allowing me to spend time in the midst of the vast blue with poets I so admire: Susan, Brian Teare, Stephen Collis, Craig Santos Perez. I also just have to mention that appearing in the photos are Ron and Noni Sanford of Volcano Village, Hawaii, who were generous to bring Jen and me to Kamilo Point back in 2011 to witness the plastic plaguing their shores.

plastic rocks

kamilo

First we had the plastisphere, a new ecosystem of tiny plastic particles in the ocean colonized by bacteria.

Now we have, plastiglomerates, Frankenstein rocks incorporating plastic, found at Kamilo, the beach I wrote about here. (And photo by Jen Coleman above.)

I love the poetic comment at the end of this piece that future beings might find etched impressions of water bottles in fossils. Welcome to the Anthropocene, life.

Thanks Susan Schultz for the tip.