“Now … was written in anguish as the news about the LAX shooter came in.”
Kathleen Cain is a Colorado poet and writer. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, most recently in Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press, 2013). She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion (Johnson Books/Big Earth Publishing, 2007) and a contributor to The Bloomsbury Review.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “poem,” with a short bio and some mention of where and when the poem was written.[ Photo by George Hatcher ]