News Poem: ‘On the rocks’

News Poem: ‘On the rocks’

on the rocks

From Dungy‘s new book, Smith Blue.

“The poems explore the dual nature of our presence on the planet, juxtaposing the devastation caused by human habitation with our own vulnerability to the capricious whims of our environment. They reveal the countless ways we both create and are victims of catastrophe… We’re all intertwined, living and loving as best we are able in the shadows of both man-made and natural follies.”

 
The Colorado Independent‘s News-Stained Poetry Project features poems that are about the news, products of the news, responses to the news. “News stained” is meant as a badge of honor, a reference to the long tradition of the poet as witness. As Carolyn Forché wrote, politics can sometimes be seen as a “contaminant to serious literary work,” something to be avoided. But that way of thinking, she said, “gives the political realm too much and too little scope… It renders the personal too important and not important enough.” News developments, whether or not they are reported, shape our personal lives every day. We don’t often think in the moment about how that is happening and what it means. We should think more about it. Poets think about it. And we want to help encourage them to write more about it.

Please send submissions to tips@coloradoindependent.com, subject line “poem,” with a short bio and some mention of where and when the poem was written.

[ Photo: “Kayaking Point Wild, Antarctica,” by Brittany. ]

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About the Author

Camille T. Dungy

is a professor of English at Colorado State University. Her recent poems examine the human capacity for perseverance in the wake of heartbreak; the loss of beloved heroes and landscapes; and our determination in the face of everyday struggles.

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