Arthur Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, including Sight Lines, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry.
Excerpt from “Downwind” from The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems, copyright © 2021 by Arthur Sze. Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press: www.coppercanyonpress.org.
Image: Anthony Quintano, “Quebec, Canada Wildfire Smoke Consumes New Jersey and New York City June 7, 2023,” copyright © 2023 by Anthony Quintano. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Days of Smoke: Poets on the Climate Crisis is made possible in part through a partnership with Battery Park City Authority and in collaboration with the Poetry Coalition’s 2023 program theme, “And so much lost you’d think / beauty had left a lesson”: Poetry and Grief. Special thanks to curator Ryan Mita; Abby Ehrlich and JP Diaz at the Battery Park City Authority; Fred Courtright at The Permissions Company and Robert Shatzkin at W.W. Norton.