Joshua Wilkerson holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at CUNY Brooklyn College. He edits poetry and visual art for the Brooklyn Review. His recent work can be found or is forthcoming from Otoliths, Gone Lawn, Dream Pop, and the Five Star Review.
"'final cities' takes as its starting point the Marine City developed by the Japanese Metabolist architect Kiyonori Kikutake. The first models date from 1958, but it was sketched in many different versions over Kikutake's lifetime. While Kikutake imagined the Floating City as a utopian use of space and natural environment, a logically designed meta-city which could be added to and connected ad infinitum, I reimagine these floating structures as last resorts returned to after coastal cities are flooded by rising sea levels."