"From space, the planet is blue. From space the planet is the territory not of humans but of the whale"
Heathcote Williams (born 15 November 1941) is an English poet, actor and award-winning playwright. He is also an intermittent painter, sculptor and long-time conjuror. He is perhaps best known for the book-length polemical poem Whale Nation, which in 1988 became "the most powerful argument for the newly instigated worldwide ban on whaling."
"Whale Nation" described as and "epic plea for the future of the whale, a hymn to the beauty, majesty and intelligence of the largest mammals on earth, as well as a prayer for their protection... Whale Nation became the most powerful argument for the newly instigated worldwide ban on whaling, and for a moment, back in 1988, it seemed as if a shameful chapter in human history might finally be drawing to a close."
Poet Maureen Duffy celebrates the incredible impact of Heathcote Williams’ epic poem, which inspired an international campaign.
Poetry and Emotion in Ocean and Motion
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