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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


by Alan Catlin

earthquake buckled roads
that will never be repaired,
power lines down, second floor
high water marks after the great
wave on houses coded with half-
lives; the only living presence
here: toxic crops, stray dogs,
infected cattle.  The future is
now in this unoccupied zone,
there will be no reclamation,
no restorations.  Near the plant,
radiation readings too high to
calculate; just beyond the melting
down reactors, a dead sea glows,
a surrealist painter’s sunset.

Alan Catlin has published numerous chapbooks and full length books of poetry and prose. Pygmy Forest Press is publishing the collected "Deep Water Horizon" poems.