Author: Gabi Graceffo

A Braided Stream:
On Keats Conley’s Guidance from the God of Seahorses

What science does is what I would like more literature to do too:show us that we are living in a world that is not all about us. Helen Macdonald, Vesper Flights Paul Lindholdt | Contributing Writer Guidance from the God of Seahorses Keats ConleyGreen Writers Press, 2021 The cover of Keats Conley’s Guidance from the God of Seahorses features a photograph, one that went viral in 2016, of a seahorse whose tail encircles a pink Q-tip. That seahorse, a seemingly posthuman image, appears to be considering the Q-tip as a mate. Marine biologist Justin Hofman snapped the photo off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, and the photo has come to stand as unforgettable evidence of marine trash. Plastic everywhere breaks down into tiny bits, known as microplastics, which swirl deep in the seas and are borne by breezes high atop mountain peaks. Keats Conley, who is herself a marine biologist, told interviewer Mel Ruth in the literary journal Arkana that she conceived the poems in Guidance from the God of Seahorses as a series of …