Meltdown on Ice
Erla Axels, (16), mixed media collage, 2008
Iceland is not a good model for anything other than Iceland. Its citizens drink famous amounts, its geographic isolation is immense even for an island, its native soil remorselessly vulcan, and it is far more flyover than crossroad.
Nonetheless, to visit the dark side of a postmodern depression, visit Vanity Fair's piece on Iceland's, er, meltdown.
A very small counterweight to all this Icelandic horror: at the Madrid-based zine Yareah, my most recently published poem, The Queen of Cups, was coupled on the same page with an image of a work by a magnificent Icelandic artist, Erla Axels; the image in question sits atop this post.