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Cold Pastoral
Cold Pastoral: Poems | Rebecca Dunham
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A searing, urgent collection of poems centered around the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
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I really liked this collection of poems about the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and other environmental disasters.

Flint STILL doesn't have clean drinking water.

#poetrychallenge2018

Lindy 🙁 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 236 - Daybreak

And that ends my posts about the poetry collection COLD PASTORAL. I hope you enjoyed some ecopoetry! 🌎

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 235 - Field Note, 2011

Wilbert Collins was a lifelong oyster fisherman, from generations of oyster fishers, and one of the many whose livelihoods were almost completely wiped out by the massive oil spill that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He passed away on May 27, 2017 at 79 years old.

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 234 - In Which She Considers the Water

Since 2014, the town of Flint, MI has been devastated by toxicity in the local water supply. Due to aged pipes and insufficient treatment of water, dangerous levels of lead, chlorine, and other toxins were present. The severity was downplayed by politicians, and it wasn't until public outcry over outbreaks of lead-blood poisoning, Legionnaire's Disease, and others that anything was done.

GondorGirl I lived in Flint for most of my life. My friends have children who are ill because of the water. This poem breaks my heart. 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 233 - Backyard Pastoral

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 232 - To Narcissus (Verb)

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 231 - Narcissus Addresses His Beloved

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 230 - Boom and Skim

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 229 - Corexit 9527A

Corexit 9527A is a chemical used in the cleanup process of an oil spill. Typically applied by spraying from an airplane or the deck of a ship, it emulsified oil from large, floating slicks into tiny droplets that are supposed to allow bacteria in the water to consume it. However, it is highly toxic to marine life. Over 1 million gallons were applied in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 228 - Heracles and the Hydra

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 227 - Daybreak

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 226 - Report of the Commission

Dewey Revette, Stephen Curtis, and Jason Anderson -drillers & foreman- were the first to realize that there was a problem with the Macondo.

Dewey Revette was 48 years old.

Stephen Curtis was 40 years old and left behind his wife and two children.

Jason Anderson was 35 years old, a husband, and father of two. He was 9 hours away from leaving for a new assignment when the disaster began.

8leagueboot Do you have any other environmental poetry recs? This sounds heartbreaking/fascinating. 2y
BooksForYears @8leagueboot I haven't read them yet but these ecopoetry collections are on my TBR - LANDLOCKED: ETYMOLOGY OF WHALE FISH AND GRACE by Danielle Lejeune, SMITH BLUE and TROPHIC CASCADE by Camille T. Dungy, and THE REMEDIES by Katharine Towers. 2y
8leagueboot @BooksForYears thank you so much! This is a genre I could definitely get into. 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 225 - The Mud Room

Gordon Jones was a mud engineer, 28 years old when he died in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster. He left behind his pregnant wife and young son.

Blair Manuel was a mud engineer. He was 56 years old, and survived by his parents, three daughters, and fiancé.

Karl Kleppinger was 38 years old, and left behind his wife and son.

Centique This is so sad 😢 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow. Powerful words. 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 224 - Elegy for the 11 - Panel: The Poetry of Disaster

Aaron Dale Burkeen was 37 years old when he died during one of the explosions on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and left behind a wife and two young children.

Suet624 Thank you for posting these today. 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 223 - Pump Room

Shane Roshto was 22 years old and left behind a wife a young son.

Adam Weise was 24 years old and the youngest of four children.

Roy Kemp was 27 years old and is survived by his wife and young daughter.

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 222 - Sheila Clark, Over Tea

Each of the following 5 poems are dedicated, to the 11 workers who lost their lives during the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

This poem is in memory of Donald Clark, an assistant driller. He left behind his spouse, Sheila, and four children.

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 221 - To Walk On Air

Mike Williams was Chief Electronics Technician on the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. A blowout in the oil well, in 2011, set off a chain of disasters that led to explosions and the rig being engulfed in flames before it collapsed into the Gulf. Trapped and badly hurt, Mike had to jump 10 stories into the Gulf to save himself.

readinginthedark Oh wow. 😯I'll have to read this collection. 2y
BooksForYears @readinginthedark The collection is mostly focused on the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and its environmental impact, but the poet also tackles some natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes. It's really powerful poetry. 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 220 - Field Note 2011

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 219 - Suburban Elegy

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 218 - Et In Arcadia Ego

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 217 - Field Note, 2011

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 216 - Elegy, Sung in Dirt

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 215 - Black Horizon

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 214 - Atavism at Twilight

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 213 - Dovecote

merelybookish That last line! 😍 2y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 212 - Mucormycosis

The name of this poem comes from a deadly kind of infection. After the Joplin tornado in 2011, there was a small outbreak of mucormycosis. Five of the 13 infected patients passed away from the disease.

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 211 - Broken

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 210 - Catechism

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 209 - List

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 208 - Hampshire Terrace

Hampshire Terrace is a neighborhood of Joplin, Missouri - a town devastated by a catastrophic tornado with wind speed over 200mph - in 2011. 158 people were killed and over 1100 injured from it; around 20% of Joplin was destroyed.

Beckys_Books I live about 20 minutes from there. You can still tell where the tornado went through. It was devastating to the Joplin community. 3y
BooksForYears @Beckys_Books Thanks for sharing! I can still remember the news footage and how unbelievable it seemed. 3y
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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 207 - Elegy, Wind-Whipped

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#LitsyPoetry365 Day 206 - "Mnemosyne to the Poet"

This poetry collection is focused on environmental disasters and their effects. What do we do in these situations, and who is to blame? The cover photo is of an oil slick that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, an event which killed 11 people and devastated the Gulf region.

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Finishing up this book of environmental poetry and chilling at Eastman for my friend's lesson ✨💕

8little_paws Eastman school of music?? 3y
queerbookreader @8little_paws Yep!! I'm from Rochester 😍 3y
8little_paws @lemonlime799 nice I grew up outside there too I forgot if we've discussed this. I did my first two years of undergrad there!! 3y
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queerbookreader @8little_paws What's your instrument?? (or are you vocal??) 3y
8little_paws @lemonlime799 it was double bass but I don't play any more 3y
queerbookreader @8little_paws That's badass. I played trombone and went to school for two years for it too!! 3y
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I found a poetry book today at the library that sounded interesting, so I looked at the other poetry books and ended up taking out all of these. I tried photographing them so all the titles would fit but let me know if there's any you can't read!!

queerbookreader I have a better idea I'll just tag them all 3y
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BooksForYears Really great choices!!! ?? I especially loved COLD PASTORAL and BEYONCÉ 3y
ReadingEnvy I've read two of these (Whereas and Cold Pastoral) and really want to read Beyoncé. 3y
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Considering that these poems were composed in reaction to manmade and natural water-based disasters with negative impact on nature during a fully staffed EPA, I almost could not read them. Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, Hurricane Katrina, and the Flint water crisis. A different take on nature poems, more like "destruction of nature" poems. #nationalpoetrymonth #hoopla

zsuzsanna_reads Sounds intriguing! 3y
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