Poetry has long been fascinated with describing the dislocating effects of sea travel and still serves as a conceptual refuge for those lost at sea in a contemporary world.
Rather than marking the advent of "modernity," the year 1610 commemorates a wave of permanent human-induced changes to the Earth system.
Living in Nature requires — and sometimes rewards — errancy.
I teach English literature at St John's in New York City, with a focus on oceanic literature and culture, Shakespeare, ecocriticism, and histories of changing media technologies. My current book publications include a monograph on early modern maritime disaster narratives, *Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719* and a collection of essays, *Oceanic New York*, that respond to New York's urban waterways, Hurricane Sandy, and the place of art in times of crisis. I'm working now on the early modern Anthropocene and concepts of error in ecological thinking.