On Political Change, Climate Change, and the Choice to Not Have Children
My partner and I were trying to have a baby despite our climate fears. Then Trump was elected.
Kate Schapira is the author of six books and eleven chapbooks of poetry. Her prose has appeared in The Rumpus, The Toast, About Place, and Reckoning. She lives in Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches, runs the Publicly Complex Reading Series, and periodically offers Climate Anxiety Counseling.
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I couldn’t stop thinking about what I would do if something went wrong. If I made a mistake, my son and I might go back to being homeless.
As a child growing up in a landlocked state, I’d imagined the flock of gulls as a cloud of wings, calls sounding like laughter. Now I was struggling to grasp all that we’d lost.