The Path to Copenhagen 2009

In which Copenhagen’s climatic present meets its dramatic past, and anagrams come to the rescue.


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Editor’sNote: The following is somewhat unusual for us. It marks the first timewe’ve published poetry. The work, though, concerns one of the majorevents coming in the greentech world – the COP15 United Nations ClimateChange Conference – and the arts arguably need to be re-injected intocurrent events. W.H. Auden wrote "September 1, 1939"to mark the day when the world learned of Nazi-Soviet Pact. (It was oneof the big days of the 20th Century. My father-in-law, who happened tobe in Warsaw that day, remembers it well.) Beethoven wrote the Eroica during the Napoleonic Wars. And let’s not forget, "Down in Monterey‚" by Eric Burdon and the Animals. We hope you enjoy it.

The Path to Copenhagen 2009

Up the road
In Elsinore
A Prince in Torment
Over a Too Solid World

Melting Flesh
Melting Kingdom
Melting Planet

Up the Road
In Elsinore

On the streets
Of Copenhagen
Scientists – a Jew and a German
Argue about the Bomb

Melting Flesh
Melting Kingdom
Melting Planet

On the streets
Of Copenhagen

Can we find that canon ‘gainst self-slaughter?

Copenhagen
Open Change

Copenhagen
Né Con Phage*

*Born/To Steer Our Vessel Away From/That Which Devours It

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