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Poets for Living Waters – Announcement

May 20, 2010

Poets for Living Waters

An Announcement and Open Forum

A call for work and Gulf Coast Poems!

Reprinted from Poets for Living Waters

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 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.

This online periodical is the first in a planned series of actions. Further actions will include a print anthology and a public reading in Washington DC.

Call for Poetry Submissions

If you would like to submit work for consideration, please send 1-3 poems, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to:   poets for living waters

Currently there is no fixed deadline for submissions, however the sooner the better.
Editors: Amy King & Heidi Lynn Staples

If you post your poem to your own blog, perhaps you’d like to share and leave us a link to your poem in a comment here at WWP. We’d love to see! And thanks to Zouxzoux for letting us know about this opportunity for expression on an important topic and event.

  1. May 21, 2010 11:32 am

    Doesn’t really have to be this way, but it seems we do learn most often from brick walls – as in head to brick, knock knock. A painful way to learn. But guess I’ll be at least some relieved if we do learn something from this (and not forget, when next, the page turns again).

    And this way learning, sorry indeed, because it means someone else gets to pay the price, like now the folks of the Gulf Coast.

    Now, how to say lovingly, what you’d say to a child whose done something very harmful to others, and just because they didn’t see to care the possible consequences of their desires?

  2. May 21, 2010 9:58 pm

    Thanks for posting this. It’s unfortunate that many in the rest of the country don’t realize how much this disaster will affect them. It’s not only the Gulf Coast’s problem.

    • May 21, 2010 11:50 pm

      Exactly right. And at so many levels, we will, so many of us be touched by this event and cultural state of mind, and now, all the many consequences too. Thank you for letting me know.

  3. May 23, 2010 12:53 pm

    I’m thrilled to see this. It’s a great way to process and create action about this tragedy. I had a nightmare about this very thing last night.

    If I can get writing again, I’ll choose this topic.

  4. May 25, 2010 8:59 am

    Not what I’d commonly write, but this is more than merely personal.

  5. May 30, 2010 3:10 pm

    I may yet rework this, but here’s what I came up with:

  6. May 30, 2010 4:10 pm

    Thank you all for contributing with your poems here and I do hope you’re also remembering to email your poems to poets for living waters, as given above. These poems well demonstrate community in their varied and finely written perspectives.

    (Sorry to say, but) I invite your continued attention and participation. This is becoming a defining moment for modern America.

  7. June 2, 2010 9:05 am

    I will be participating and contributing to this worthwhile cause!

    • June 2, 2010 9:38 am

      Glad to hear from you Pamela! I look forward to what more you might come to write and share.

  8. Doug Curry permalink
    June 11, 2010 11:51 am

    I have a poem I would like to submit. I will forward through the link above.

  9. June 12, 2010 4:20 am

    Hello, All! I have a poem published at Poets for Living Waters, too, in the Open Mic section at the top.
    Karen Nowviskie

  10. angie permalink
    June 14, 2010 7:21 am

    my poem “to organisms storing dispersants indefinitely in your soft tissue” is up on Poets for Living Waters, open mic (s-z).

    I am honored to be included, but this is the first time that a publication had saddened me.

  11. July 29, 2010 12:40 pm

    I wrote a poem regarding this topic early on and its been filed away since June 7th. Sadly we are more than 2 months past the event and still it is an issue.

    It is titled: “As the Down Thickens”

  12. August 14, 2010 9:15 am

    My poem, Drilling Disaster, is in the open mic section of Poet for Living Waters, but it’s easier to find it on my blog and the pictures that inspired my poem are also here:


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