... a poetry action in response to the BP 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.
There are very good resources, links to online activist networks, organizations, etc., on the main page.
Related, Nicky Tiso, a former Evergreen student, now just graduated, also has some poems at Poets for Living Waters. His essay on ecocriticism and criticism of ecocriticism is over at (his) Grand Hotel Abyss and, I think, really worth taking a look at.
Last, but certainly not least, woke up this morning to see that Chris McCreary's new Undone: A Fakebook (Furniture Press), has been reviewed over at Silliman's Blog. McCreary's poetry I love, tho not just because we both tend towards what Silliman describes as "neo-objectivism" and also "New Precisionism," the latter I think sounds right to me. It's the sonic play and the socipolitical lens of the Now Here, a presentness and urgency, that gets me. Anyway, check-it-out.