THINGS THAT GROW IN HAUNTED PLACES:

GHOSTS AND MONSTERS BEYOND THE ANTHROPOCENE

[Haunted Places]



Water flows through bodies, species and materialities 
Bodies left on the shores after the highest of tides
A cadaver becomes the diagram of its own condition
A fossilized ghost of a future past

They grow from within our haunted soil
Sprout and flourish
Until something very distant and remote 

Feels up close and intimate

 

They inhabit our liminal spaces

Shores, rivers and disturbed forests

 Continuing to remind us of our complex and unstable world
But also of the possibilities of life

As all matter ultimately returns to the earth.


Think about the materials that we put into the world

Our toxic chemicals and material waste 

Gradually melts into the earth

The pregnant lizard sheds one tail and grows three

The blue heron submerged into the toxic river 

Reappears with multiple heads

These are the things that will grow

In the haunted landscapes we have made.


Crushed plastics and synthetic liquids

Watery bodies eat them or are eaten by them

Animals and objects disappear into themselves

And are reborn vibrant beasts

The gods of the new world are born
They split, swell and rupture

Divide and multiply

Resurrection, rebirth, and regeneration


The hermit crab finds its new home within a synthetic shell,

A contemporary armor

And transforms into a celestial being

 Object-Animal, species hybrids, a hope for life after death. 

The future is symbiosis.
Entanglements across boundaries is essential for collaborative survival

 © ABBEY CORBIN 2020

©2020 by ABBEY CORBIN