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News Tue Jun 15 2010

Chicago Poets Respond to the Gulf Oil Spill is accepting poems about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on their "State of Emergency: Chicago Poets Respond to Gulf Crisis" page. Check out the poems published so far here. Feel like you need to vent on the crisis, too? Send in some poems for consideration by emailing Not from Chicago? No worries -- they're now accepting poems from all over the world.

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Ellen Rippel / June 15, 2010 2:51 PM

The Gulf of Mexico - a colossal corporate latrine.
Shoreline , beaches – obscenely covered with muck,
While, in the water, decades of death wordlessly wait.
Scuba diver, suspended in brown snot.
Pelican - pleads while it drowns.
BP well still belching, pissing, crapping, puking
The oil and tar sucked from a mile down.
Politician, whoring for his BP pimp,
Calls the fucking a “natural” disaster.
Gaia -helpless, choking, gasping -
Plans revenge for the reckless abuse.

Ellen Rippel
Socorro, NM, USA

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