The Adam Beardsworth Interview

Adam Beardsworth is a professor of literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Grenfell Campus. He is the author of the critical book Confessional Poetry in the Cold War: The Poetics of Doublespeak, as well as the author of many articles and book chapters on contemporary poetry. He is the editor of Horseshoe Literary Magazine and founder of the Marble Mountain Literary Festival. He lives with his family in Steady Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.

No Place Like regards the crisis of the Anthropocene, the disorientation and grief arising from our inability to meaningfully stem the planet’s accelerating decline. Moving from the minute incidents of the everyday through to wider cultural narratives, Beardsworth’s account of the relationship between the self and the environment often strikes a note of loss and longing. Yet if the very nature of Enlightenment reason has been complicit in all this destitution and anxiety, might some other path to hope remain in things outlandish, miraculous and unexplained?