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Andrew Shattuck McBride
Bellingham, WA

Andrew Shattuck McBride is an editor and writer based in Bellingham, Washington. Andrew moved to Washington State in 2000, and to Bellingham in 2001, and is grateful to be living on ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Andrew is co-editor (with Jill McCabe Johnson) of For Love of Orcas, an anthology of poetry and prose concerning the Southern Resident orcas, Chinook salmon, and their ecosystem. For Love of Orcas was published by Wandering Aengus Press in early 2019. Andrew's poem “I Was Happy as an Ant” was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. His work appears in Crab Creek Review, Pontoon Poetry, Eclectica Magazine, So It Goes, Rise Up Review, and in Clover, A Literary Rag. He edits novels, memoirs, and poetry collections.

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Late Love in the Anthropocene

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Gut punch of a first AARP card in the mail
on my birthday, a few years ago. Uncanny,
frightening; I can’t forget. I still haven’t joined.
It is late for me. Months ago, I donated my couch
to Habitat for Humanity’s furniture store.
I could no longer imagine uses here: cuddling
with someone I love, kissing, lovemaking.
Uses remote as exoplanets. Not that it’s too late,
just somewhat unlikely. My imagination contracts.
It is late for earth. Failing ecosystems, failing habitat.
Atmospheric CO2, at 400+ parts per million.
The Sixth Extinction, emptying out land and oceans.
Our imagination and love, yoked to our sun,
would boil lethargy and despair out of the sky,
out of our inaction. It’s late. It’s not too late.


~*~