"I remain with the mangroves."
I remain with the mangroves.
To take in [Florida’s] wilderness means to refuse any nihilistic
surrender to the disaster that it is being primed to be. I remain with
the mangroves even when they are abused and littered. I stand with the
Everglades as I would that most beloved family member who also happens
to be sick. Part of what is astonishing about the natural world,
especially the tropical or subtropical, is how hard it fights to be
– Alexandra T. Vazquez, The Florida Room (Duke UP, 2022)