“Global Warming” and “Gun Shots”are early versions of poems from my second poetry book, The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012).
I started writing these poems in 2004, and the initial inspiration
came from a series of digital drawings that my husband, David Poolman,
was working on called Start As You Will Go On(2004-5).
After September 11th, I realized I wasn’t as informed as I should be
about world events, so I made it my mission to know what was going on
outside of my bubble. By 2004, I became particularly obsessed with the
absurdity of the Iraq War and the media’s portrayal of it. The problem
with being more informed is that it can lead to deep feelings of
helplessness and despair, which I think set the tone for many of the
poems in this collection.
No Madonna and Child could touch Her tenderness for a son She soon would have to forget. . . . The air was heavy with odours of diarrhea, Of unwashed children with washed-out ribs And dried-up bottoms waddling in labored steps Behind blown-empty bellies. Other mothers there
Along with Nikki Reimer, Marita Daschel, and others, I've decided to try the challenge too.
know that I will fail miserably and not even come close. However I'm
using it as an excuse to get out of the habit of starting and not
finishing books. If I read more complete books than I did last year then
it will be worth it for me.
The rules as I
understand them is that the books must be 48+ pages, no comics or
children's books but art, poetry, and graphic novels are okay. If you
want to include chapbooks bulk them together until they make 48 pages and
that counts as one book.
I'll be posting with the hashtag #95books on Twitter and Goodreads.