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Iceland Is Melting and So Are You


The urgency of the climate emergency is explored in this latest collection by award-winning poet Talya Rubin. It offers recognition of, and salve for, the vast mysteries of the natural world, our human interior, and the relationship between the two.

In these poems, human and wild meet in everyday encounters: the melting of ice sheets and fathoming ecological disaster while listening to news reports on the radio; moments of childhood ice skating and unrequited love alongside geological formations and weather patterns. Underlying the collection is a mild sense of absurdity, one that mirrors our existential plight of continuing on in the face of what feels like impossibility.

Iceland Is Melting and So Are You asks us to consider what we have kept frozen and unexamined within us and—in doing so—recognize the complex grief and wonder we face in considering the end of the human epoch


Talya Rubin

Talya Rubin is a Canadian poet originally from Montreal. She was awarded the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 1998. Her poetry has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. In 2015, she won the Battle of the Bards and was invited to read at the Toronto International Festival of Authors. Her first collection, Leaving the Island, was published in 2015. Talya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She also runs a theatre company called Too Close to the Sun, and currently lives in Perth, Australia with her husband and son.
Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


1 – The Snow Queen – Iceland – Disarticulation – Road Trip – Iceland Is Melting and So Are You – Dead Ice – Ice Fields – Forest Bathing – … 29 $2.90


2 – The Beginning of Things – Old Movie – Greenland – Fox in the Snow – The Objection of Furniture – Context – Bleaching Event – The Disappearance … 20 $2.00


3 – Beloved – The Theory of Everything – Concise Definitions Help You Choose the Best Word – Time Freeze – Timekeeper – The Disappearance of Clouds II – … 16 $1.60


4 – Equations of Us All – Plague – Grounded – Hymn of the Big Wheel – Just Waving – On the Motion of Bodies – Eggs – Let’s Never Forget to … 16 $1.60