Archive for the ‘Natural Disaster’ Category

“Heaviest rains in 80 years kill 31 in Turkey” (Denis M. Garrison)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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Istanbul weeps—
its roads are rivers now
and still it rains

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Headlines:

“Heaviest Rains in 80 Years Kill 31 in Turkey” (Yahoo News)

“31 Dead as Record Floods Deluge Istanbul” (Yahoo News)

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Poem by Denis M. Garrison (see poet biographies). See more by this poet.

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“Australia Cleans Up After Dust Storm” (Paul Smith)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

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………………..red dust
………………..along the streets of Sydney
………………..murmurs of Mars

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Headlines:

“Australia Cleans Up After Dust Storm” (Press Democrat)

“Australia Dust Storm Settles on New Zealand” (AFP)

“Dust Storms Spread Deadly Diseases Worldwide” (The Guardian)

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This poem was submitted by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). See more Paul Smith on Haiku News.

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“Dust Storm Blankets Sydney as Drought Bites” (Terry O’Connor)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

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Sydney’s red dawn
what is the taste
of another world dying?

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Headlines:

“Dust Storm Blankets Sydney as Drought Bites” (Yahoo News)

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Poem by Terry O’Connor. Read more by this poet.

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“Samoa Offers Mass Burial for Tsunami Victims” (Paul Smith)

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

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………………..falling across
………………..the islands of Samoa
………………..Neptune’s shadow

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Headlines:

“Thousands Homeless: Samoa Lives in Fear” (The Age)

“Tsunamis Uproot Centuries Old Samoan Cultures” (Associated Press)

“Samoa Offers Mass Burial for Tsunami Victims” (AFP)

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This poem was submitted by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). See more Paul Smith on Haiku News. Haiku News would like to offer its deepest sympathies to those in Samoa and the world over who have lost family members and friends.

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“Philippines Battles Flood Chaos” (Liam Wilkinson)

Monday, October 5th, 2009

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………………..chaotic waters—
………………..while the Philippines flood
………………..we inspect
………………..a dead shark
………………..on our English shore

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Headlines:

“Philippines Battles Flood Chaos” (BBC News)

“Thresher Shark Found On Beach” (BBC News)

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This poem was submitted by Liam Wilkinson (see poet biographies).

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“As Galveston Recovers From Hurricane Ike, Some Residents Feel Left Behind” (Janet Lynn Davis)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

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nonstop footage
of surge-battered homes
near our back door
a small displaced turtle
retreats into its shell

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Headlines Then (September, 2008):

“Homeless in a Flash: Hundreds in Texas Now Wait for Relief” (New York Times)

“Hurricane Ike: Houstin Residents Ordered Not to Evacuate…” (The Telegraph)

“After Ike: Photos” (DenverPost)

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Headlines Now (One Year Later):

“As Galveston Recovers From Hurricane Ike…” (New York Times)

“Peninsula Home Delivery to Resume” (Galveston Daily News)

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis (see poet biographies). First published in Moonset (Spring-Summer, 2009). Read more by this poet.

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“Philippines Assesses Typhoon’s Damage” (Denis M. Garrison)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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mountain town in flood—
from every window
a waterfall

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Headlines:

“Philippines Assesses Typhoon’s Damage” (Wall Street Journal)

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Poem by Denis M. Garrison (see poet biographies). See more by this poet.

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“In Pictures: Philippines Typhoon” (Michelle V. Alkerton)

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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despair floods
through the image gallery
Manila typhoon

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Headlines:

“In Pictures: Philippines Typhoon” (BBC News)

“Typhoon Batters Philippines: Nearly 60 Killed” (Reuters)

“Philippines Typhoon Death Toll to Rise” (UPI)

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Poem by Michelle V. Alkerton (see poet biographies). Haiku News would like to extend its deepest sympathies to those affected by the typhoon. Read more by this poet.

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“Seeing Red: Worst Dust Storm for 70 Years Sweeps East Australia” (Barbara A. Taylor)

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

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red dust
blankets the sky…
spring equinox

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Headlines:

“Seeing Red: Worst Dust Storm for 70 Years Sweeps East Australia” (The Guardian)

“Sydney Sees Red as Dust Storm Hits NSW” (9 MSN)

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Poem by Barbara A. Taylor (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Disappearing Wetlands Taint New Orleans’ Rebound From Katrina” (Janet Lynn Davis)

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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months later
he still clutches
the bowling ball—
all he could salvage
after Katrina

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Headlines:

“Four Years After Hurricane Katrina” (Earth Day Network)

“Disappearing Wetlands Taint New Orleans’ Rebound From Katrina” (Bloomberg)

“Obama Says Mistakes After Katrina Won’t Be Repeated” (Bloomberg)

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis (see poet biographies). First published in Wisteria (July 2006). Read more by this poet.

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