On The Line

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ON THE LINE

Over millennia, in northernmost reaches of the greatest North American and Asian wildland, no stranger to the boreal and tagia is fire. An annual ritual of death, destruction, hope and joy begins each summer. Wavering and chaotic, an habitual drunk, fire crashes in without invitation. On the back of mercilessly hot dry winds, her haphazard path continues for months at a time. Dust, smoke, cracking wood and searing heat kill animals that can’t escape. A brutal, malevolent act of nature abruptly accents the beginning and end. Once lymphatic, fire has been central to the habitats vitality, yet, now the arms of an encouraging stranger, fires activity is cancerous, toxic and eating away the forest and breathable air. In 20 short years, the area burned has doubled.  Trouble flickers ahead. In the gloom, a faint line runs 465 kms between the trees from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. A most peculiar frontier town of some 90,000, is isolated and surrounded by forest. As if it has done something wrong and was sent to prison.  

On The Line will be a short-run publication due out in September 2018.  Please register your interest contact@samiam.com.au