August & April

August & April I have no poetry in me. It’s been sucked out by creeping oily blackness and looming anniversaries. My head thrums with a dull ache deep in the lining of my brain, buried in the neurons and electrons that spark anew with each slimy image and watery recollection. Frown lines furrow my forehead as if marked by oil laden wings dragged through the sand. The tic in my left eye jerks like the beat of frantic fists on attic timbers. I have no poetry in me. ~ I started this poem about a week ago and finished it … Continue reading August & April

Poets for Living Waters Call for Submissions

Via Amy King comes the call for poetry inspired by the oil disaster of the Deepwater Horizon. Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action in response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history. Former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky describes the popularity of poetry after 9/11 as a turn away from the disaster’s overwhelming enormity to a more manageable individual scale. As we confront the magnitude of this recent tragedy, such a return may well aid us. The first law of ecology states that everything is connected to everything else.  An appreciation of this systemic connectivity … Continue reading Poets for Living Waters Call for Submissions