Journalism In Verse

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EVERYONE SAW IT COMING

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& they marched & they sang & they rebelled & they ebbed & they honored & they rekindled & they soul & they retaliated & they yawed

because they did not
want the day to come.

***

journalists are faithfully reporting numbers from the oil company responsible, TransCanada—
they might as well publish the press release in full.
they allege TWO HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND GALLONS SPILLED
in sacred South Dakota,
in farmland.

because the company responsible has no incentive to tell the truth,
let’s say that’s a conservative estimate.
the actual number is likely three times that.

the company claims also:
no risk to public health
all is well here in this tar sands oil-saturated land.

***

common information said:
THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION IS DILUTION.
dump toxics direct into the widest pools we haves, ocean and air.
spread the oil around like a rumor.
the idea is that pollution will dissipate,
spread apart,
do just a little
damage
to many things.

think of the model here for the environment as a corporation, an LLC, effective at minimizing risk to the individual by maximizing risk to the general.
in reality, of course, toxicity concentrates. some people will always bear the brunt.
& that farmland in South Dakota where the oil spill happened—
will it still be used for crops?

***

human under the windmill. human in the truck. human in the diaspora.

we’re missing some bird calls-
can the people take it up? the whole world is revolting:
hotter, colder, flooded, drought, missing the movement
of animals-

can the people take it up?

 


READ MORE

Keystone Pipeline Spill Injects Uncertainty into Nebraska Decision [The Washington Post]
Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Could Be Worse than We Thought
[VICE]
Resistance That Won’t Quit: A Timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline [Yes Magazine]


Jenna Spagnolo is the co-editor of Poets Reading the News.

Image by Mike Green, entitled “Petroleum-slate”.

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