“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.