TWO POEMS by Louie Crew

Word Wisps for the Gulf

The GOM Fed ultra-deepwater production has become significant
only in recent years.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light

GOM oil production began from shallow water fields (water depth
of under 1,000 feet)

in the twilight last gleaming?

but shallow water production began to fall in 1998.

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of ….

Steadily increasing volumes from deepwater fields (water depths
between 1,000 and 4,999 feet) offset these declines until 2004

If Miss Ippi Lent Miss Ouri her new jersey, what would Dela wear?

After 2004 deepwater production also began to decline.

Ida ho; I’ll ask her.

But, ultra-deepwater production (water depths more than 5,000 feet)
has risen dramatically since 2004 (and more than tripled since 2005),
stemming the overall decline in GOM Fed production.

“When I go to hell I want to be the plumber,
so that when BP’s president calls for ice water,
I can send steam.”

A trio of high-profile ultra-deepwater discoveries
— Atlantis, Thunder Horse, and Great White
(part of the Perdido development) –
has recently started producing.

How many dinosaurs are under the Gulf?
Is this comeback their revenge?

Several more are in various stages of development.

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink
nor swim in, nor fish in, nor sail in, nor….

[Thanks to Mark J. Perry at for the reportage of facts.]


The Day the Spill Reaches the Marsh

I will eat a banana with my bran
before rushing off to my student appointment.
At noon, while some will stop exercising,
I will listen to the newsbreaks from the rowing machine
or the sit-up board in the next room at the Y.

All afternoon, reacting to each student paper,
I will suggest that the next topics be on earlier wars,
defining holocaust and cataclysm,
not hearing the four horsemen.


Louie Crew, 73, an Alabama native, is an emeritus professor at Rutgers. He lives in East Orange, NJ.

As of today, editors have published 1,981 of Crew’s poems and essays. Crew has edited special issues of College English and Margins. He has written four poetry volumes Sunspots (Lotus Press, Detroit, 1976) Midnight Lessons (Samisdat, 1987), Lutibelle’s Pew (Dragon Disks, 1990), and Queers! for Christ’s Sake! (Dragon Disks, 2003).

The University of Michigan collects Crew’s papers.

One thought on “TWO POEMS by Louie Crew

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s