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June 2022 - Year 24 - Issue 3

ISSN 1755-9715

After the Storm

'No More' was first published in the Alan Maley edited anthology SOMETHING IN THE AIR: Reflections on the Corona Virus , Our Glass Publishing  (2020).


The least changes of course were seen in open countryside, deserts, mountain ranges, but even there the absence of traffic, on foot or on animals, had a gradual effect as the roads and tracks were abandoned, and where slash&burn agriculture had steadily eroded the great forests  of the tropics, the vegetation surprisingly quickly crept back and retook over the territory devastated by farmers and mining industries. The huge dams and furnaces, power stations, airports, motorway intersections, all the concrete magnificence of the 20th century, without constant use, maintenance, cleaning, soon cracked and became footholds for weeds, which cracked  their surface further, exposing  nooks and crannies, enabling larger plants to take root, so that within  a year or two trees were growing from the sides and top of these once awe-inspiring structures. After a decade of seasons, changing temperatures, ever-moving light and water, many of these were entangled and covered over like the ancient ruins of central America or  south-east Asia. And as for plastic: exposed to light and heat, it quickly disintegrated into ever smaller particles, colourless flakes, which were absorbed into the new human-less ecosystem, leaving a thin layer of evidence for any future geologists to remark on as signs of a former once-thriving civilisation.

Tagged  Creativity Group 
  • 'The Pity of War'
    ed. Alan Maley, UK

  • Ukrainian Illustrators on Instagram
    Jamie Keddie, Spain

  • Three Stories
    Andrew Wright, Hungary

  • Earl Stevick’s Impact
    Jane Arnold, Spain;Tim Murphey, Japan

  • Dressed in Borrowed Robes: Telling Our Stories in a Foreign Language
    Claudia Mónica Ferradas, Argentina

  • After the Storm
    Charles Hadfield, New Zealand