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‘Our melting, shifting, liquid world’: celebrities read poems on climate change

James Franco

James Franco

Actors including James Franco, Ruth Wilson, Gabriel Byrne, Maxine Peake, Jeremy Irons, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Sheen read a series of 21 poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Includes two bonus poems from Byrne and Franco.

James Franco reads Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide by Maura Dooley

Thrift grows tenacious at the tide’s reach.

What is that reach when the water

is rising, rising?

Our melting, shifting, liquid world won’t wait

for manifesto or mandate, each

warning a reckoning.

Ice in our gin or vodka chirrups and squeaks

dissolving in the hot, still air

of talking, talking.

Continue reading the series here.

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