Environmental sustainability and ecological aesthetics experience a turbulent affair when academic language is replaced by an artistic register: can we articulate contemporary crises stemming from uncontrolled mobilities, such as hyper-consumption, hyper-automobilities, and technological pollution, better by replacing sociological analysis with affective poetic language? The following poem (unpublished but belonging to the theme of Altermodernities: A Traveller's Notes, book 1: Anthropocene Entanglements) explores what this transition offers to a “public sociology” of modernity that relays theory to multiple publics in alternative visual and textual styles.
Rodanthi Tzanelli is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of Mobilities at the Bauman Institute, University of Leeds, UK. She is author of fourteen academic monographs, many critical sociology articles, book chapters, and blog posts, a public sociology book, two science fiction novels, two short stories, and seven collections of poems. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org