Jynne Dilling Martin is the author of the poetry ­collection We Mammals in Hospitable Times. She was the ­Antarctic Artist in Residence in 2013. (April 2015)

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IN THE REVIEW

What Breaks First

As the iceberg shears off the submarine periscope, the noise
is less groan, more wild animal shriek. “Trust me,” said the captain

piloting toward gunfire to see what the Russians are up to these days.
The sea ice resembles a cracked white lung steadily swelling

then sinking as high tide fades away. Already birds and
barnacles and butterflies are shifting their habitats poleward,

the eelgrass and jellyfish will be fine, but the basements
of coastal cities will begin to flood, an inch at a time.