Evolutionary Linguistics 

by Barney Harper


We amend our language 

to describe our altered landscape. 

We discard tagneghneg,

Yupik for the darkest kind of ice 

and replace with solastalgia,  

like nostalgia, 

a sadness for something lost, 

joining the latin solacium for solace 

with the Greek, algos, for pain.


Barney Harper, a London based poet and essayist, was one of the participants in Writing for a Substantially Altered World, an online climate literature workshop organised by the magazine It's Freezing in LA! and maat on the theme of Solastalgia.