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Gulf Coast Poet acknowledgements

July 10, 2010

We want to take this opportunity again to thank and acknowledge those of us who have contributed their poetic energy in response to the on-going crisis along the Gulf Coast.  How much we wish this situation could be discussed in the past tense, however we as a community, as a culture, as a people, haven’t yet reached that point. That also means if you haven’t contributed yet or find something more to say, please do (and please let us know with a comment here). Perhaps we can begin to look toward what we really want, and how we might better co-exist within our greater environment. That would be a good conversation to attend.

a Creative Response to the Gulf Coast crisis

acknowledgement of contributing poets

Poets for Living Waters, published poems

Linda GoinThe Art of Fish (featured poem)
Nicole Nicholson – GULF SONG
Karen Nowviskie – For Our Sins
Neil Reid – Barefoot
Angie Werren – to organisms storing dispersant indefinitely in your soft tissue

The Black Flood, published poems

Charlotte Ash – The Oilfield Workers Wife
Linda Goin – Gulf Coast Flyways
Karen Nowviskie – For Our Sins
Angie Werren – a british petroleum found pantoum

Thanks also to Lucy Chili, Pamela Sayers, and Francis Scudellari.

Thank you again to Zouxzoux (aka Charlotte) who alerted us of both these on-line publications.  And please, we have tried to be complete, but if we have missed anyone let us know and we’ll immediately correct our acknowledgement here.

  1. July 11, 2010 5:32 pm

    I left a comment in the comment section of “L iving Waters”

  2. July 12, 2010 11:01 pm

    Neil — I was honored. The Gulf situation, even with progress this evening in containment, will be a never-ending story. At least I hope that people will forever remember this event. If we walk away as if nothing ever happened, it will be on our shoulders.

  3. July 13, 2010 10:07 am

    Amen, Linda. I can’t say anything more than you’ve already said. It was truly an honor, and I hope this does not fade as a radar blip in the darkness.


  4. July 13, 2010 7:42 pm

    I find it VERY difficultl to write a poem on this UNBELIEVABLE
    man made crisis..however I will try….I have had so much to say about what is going on in N orthern Alberta and the tar sands ……burn out from oil….

  5. July 14, 2010 8:51 am

    Congratulations to all poets, especially Linda Goin. Your passion is profound. May your poetic words begin the process of healing.

  6. July 14, 2010 8:56 am

    Wayne — I hope this disaster brings the tar sands, Nigeria and other countries to light so people can begin to understand their individual impact on the world. If you all haven’t seen the “Blue Gold” documentary about water, it will blow you away and — hopefully — spur you to begin to wonder about your own watershed (see: — the film can be downloaded).

    Whimsy — I was going to make a crack about passion and what I can do with two silk sheets, but that would be humor hiding my embarrassment at your praise. Thanks, lovey. And, Nicole — ❤

  7. July 19, 2010 4:17 pm

    I bestow you an outstanding poetry community award,

    plus two awards on the bottom,

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