A Poetics of Effluvia

SATIN ISLAND: a new novel by Tom McCarthy. (Approved jacket below)

In S.I., the novel's narrator, an anthropologist, succumbs to a vivid fever dream in which he finds himself flying offshore over an island—an "excrescence, a protuberance"—of waste, runoff, sewage, detritus, crude oil... a beautiful and corrupted "satin island." 

(On the jacket: an archipelago of oil; a ballistic aftermath of ink; Triste Tropique of spillage.)

This dreamscape (Tom just informed me, after seeing the jacket) contains conscious echoes of G.M. Hopkins's poem God's Grandeur:

    "The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
     It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
     It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil..."

I quite like "shook foil," and am intending to use a gradient metallic foil on the jacket itself.