Poets for Living Waters

Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action begun in 2010 as a response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history. While devastating, could that extreme event be best understood as merely a partial manifestation of a widespread but at least somewhat limited consciousness producing global ecological crisis?

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that in response to the contemporary situation, we refrain from appeals to effective argument but rather stir affective compassion: “We should not talk in terms of what they should do, what they should not do, for the sake of the future. We should talk to them in such a way that touches their hearts…” This artistic initiative contributes to this latter conversation, motivated by the belief that poetry helps return us to our senses.

If you would like to submit work for consideration, please send 1-3 poems, a brief statement of ecopoetics, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to poetsforlivingwaters@yahoo.com

Editors: Wendy Babiak, Amy King, and Heidi Lynn Staples

Poets for Living Waters – http://poetsgulfcoast.wordpress.com/

POETS & WRITERS – http://www.pw.org/content/poets_act_on_oil_spill?cmnt_all=1