In the beginning, we’re introduced to the pressure of time. The Carboniferous and Ecopoetics speeds up and slows down the growth of plants and organisms in order to walk through the beginning of life and the introduction of human destruction of that life. We are able to see the pressure of time build as we humans discover coal (there’s also the “heat and intensifying pressure [that] metamorphose the lignite into soft coal”) and the carbon that has been buried for millions of years begins its release into the atmosphere. This leads into the next pressure of human impact on environment.
May 27, 2018