in this issue, while the demagogues of many nation states are calling for walls and insulation against outsiders, here at Two Thirds North we invite a crossing of many cultural vectors. We give space to poets, writers and artists around the world who have taken up the cause to counter the narrative of threat and inherent difference. From kenneth pobo’s angst about global warming, to ting yiu’s seismic topography of absence – from jonathan greenhause’s playful query into the hypochondria of the contemporary human condition to constantinos ioannou’s wonderful and terrible ambivalences of the heart – from tobi alfier’s new and different spring to maggie gee’s guide to starting a novel, creating a new world.