Sunday, June 27, 2010

Submit! Poets for Living Waters

Call for work: Gulf Coast Poems

from their website:

Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action in response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begun on April 20, 2010, one of the most profound human-made ecological catastrophes in history.

The first law of ecology states that everything is connected to everything else. An appreciation of this systemic connectivity suggests a wide range of poetry will offer a meaningful response to the current crisis, including work that harkens back to Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing regional effects.

Please submit 1-3 poems, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to:

The website features a poem by June Jordan: "Poem for Nana."


What will we do
when there is nobody left
to kill?
40,000 gallons of oil gushing into
the ocean
But I
sit on top this mountainside above
the Pacific
checking out the flowers
the California poppies orange
as I meet myself in heat
I’m wondering
where’s the Indians?

all this filmstrip territory
all this cowboy sagaland:
a single Indian
in sight

40,000 gallons gushing up poison
from the deepest seabeds
every hour

40,000 gallons
experts international
new pollutants
swallow the unfathomable

no Indians


To read the rest of Jordan's poem and to check out the others, click here.


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