Who is our audience? What is our motivation?

On 18 June 2015, Reuters published an article by David Auerbach, “A child born today may live to see humanity’s end, unless…”, discussing the statement by the late Frank Fenner, a microbiologist, that humans will be extinct in a hundred years due to “overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change.” This raises a perhaps frivolous question, but perhaps relevant if Frank Fenner’s thoughts reflect our true future.


as the hourglass runs out, no one left
to turn it over, will poets find they write for
others, immortality or their own heart’s ease

“Audience”. Copyright © 21 June 2015, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

I also have on hand a somewhat longer, dystopian poem on the subject, which I have been working on since August 2005 and finished in March 2015, and now messing with it for the past few days, after the Reuters article was published. Think it’s in its final form, now, for better or worse.


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