TWO POEMS by Elizabeth Kate Switaj



We don’t even have the words to describe what is happening in the Gulf right now. To call it an oil spill doesn’t even come close: this is to an oil spill what gushing arterial bleeding is to sliced capillaries. And we don’t really know what the long term effects are going to be. Capitalism is a system that says that corporations get to take the risks BP took which led to this disaster; they get to impose these risks on communities and ecosystems, a fundamentally anti-democratic and unjust situation.


Elizabeth Kate Switaj grew up surrounded by water in the Puget Sound area. Her first first book of poetry, Magdalene & the Mermaids (Paper Kite Press, 2009) reflects the sense of interconnection with the ocean she first developed there.

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