Inspired by the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Blooming in the Whirlwind aims to offer thoughtful, challenging and ultimately hopeful reflections on how we may continue to 'bloom in the whirlwind' of this turbulent year.
The project features an eclectic lineup of nine short films each inspired by a different poem.
Sponsored by Level Ground
"There you go, chopping coriander in a cyclone Squeezing mangoes
in a cyclone
Dabbing your neck with bergamot
You, are the warm front I guess Look at this mess:
Wrought palms Wrought dupattas Jagged branches once alit by the pigeons
Faceplanted awnings no longer fit for their purpose
This morning, your neighbors saunter Instead of Paul
Desmond you dance to the drum of their hammers
Rebuilding, rescaling Coffee in your grip and mangoes on the mind Tendrils of steam flush with cloves, float five stories high
We must be fed, each of us, amidst the mess"
This poem is based on recent event in Kolkata India. Super
Cyclonic Storm Amphan was a powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone that caused widespread damage in Eastern India.
Generally speaking, the warmer the water temperatures, the more heat energy is available and the higher the potential for tropical cyclones to develop.
So it's reasonable to assume that as humans continue to release planet-warming greenhouse gases, the likelihood of tropical cyclone activity increases.