Archive for the ‘Natural Disaster’ Category

“Dust Storm Again Hits New South Wales, Queensland” (Barbara A. Taylor)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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a white sky…
again the dust
swallows the city

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Headlines:

“Dust Storm Again Hits New South Wales, Queensland” (Sydney Morning Herald)

“Dust Storm Inspires Poetry Win” (Northern Star)

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

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“The great drought: Disaster looms in East Africa” (Sara P. Dias)

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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carcasses soak
in the Rift Valley dust…
water on the moon

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Headlines:

“The great drought: Disaster looms in East Africa” (The Independent)

“Even rain brings no relief” (The Independent)

“Discovery of water on moon boosts prospects for lunar base” (Guardian)

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Poem by Sarah P. Dias (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“6.8 Earthquake Rattles Tonga” (Michael Dylan Welch)

Friday, November 27th, 2009

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………………..after the quake
………………..adding I love you
………………..to a letter

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Headlines:

“6.8 earthquake rattles Tonga” (China View)

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This poem was submitted by Michael Dylan Welch (see poet biographies). First published in Mirrors (Winter, 1990).

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“Rare iceberg flotilla in southern Pacific poses threat to shipping” (Kath Abela Wilson)

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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titanic shivers
in Australian waters
an unlikely approach

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Headlines:

“Rare iceberg flotilla in southern Pacific poses threat to shipping” (Guardian)

“Australia shipping alert over massive iceberg” (Yahoo News)

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Poem by Kath Abela Wilson (see poet biographies).

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“All eyes on Copenhagen” (Laryalee Fraser)

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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climate change—
his small hands cradle
grandma’s snowglobe

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Headlines:

“All eyes on Copenhagen” (The Daily Star)

“Climate change conference agenda” (United Nations)

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Poem by Laryalee Fraser (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Four Sides to Every Story” (Chen-ou Liu)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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Copenhagen
walled in on all four sides:
batons and mics

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Headlines:

“Four Sides to Every Story” (New York Times)

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Haitian envoy: Quake levels most of capital” (Guy Shaked)

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Haiti in mourning
Gauguin’s models and landscapes
replaced by graves

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Headlines:

“Haitian envoy: Quake levels most of capital” (CNN)

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Poem by Guy Shaked (see poet biographies).

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“A tiny miracle as boy trapped for 3 days in Haiti is reunited with mother” (Paul Smith)

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

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………………..pulled from the rubble
………………..a tiny face
………………..moves the world

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Headlines:

“A tiny miracle as boy trapped for 3 days in Haiti is reunited with mother” (Times Online)

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Poem by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). Read more Paul Smith on Haiku News. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those surviving in Haiti.

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“6.5 quake shakes buildings on California coast” (Neal Whitman)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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wind chimes
through the window
our pooch trembling

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Headlines:

“6.5 quake shakes buildings on California coast” (Monterey Herald)

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Poem by Neal Whitman (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“The Sea, Lifeblood of Chilean Towns, Turns Deadly” (Robert Moyer)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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makeshift morgue
she kneels by the body
his hand in hers

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Headlines:

“The Sea, Lifeblood of Chilean Towns, Turns Deadly” (New York Times)

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Poem by Robert Moyer (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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