Lullaby by Dana Teen Lomax

I’m sure God has a mean streak

whoever there is
whatever there is

picks what we’ve decided can’t hurt us or won’t happen

to humble everyone
when we least expect it

Superman can no longer move then dies
Wendy Wasserstein leaves behind her 7-year-old daughter
BP and our own subtle habits spew on and kill us off

just to reiterate the precious.


STATEMENT:  I am a 4th generation Californian and my daughter is a 5th.  The California coastline is our home. In an effort to understand how deeply wrong our nation’s practices are for the environment, I’ve been writing a series of Lullabies that investigate the ways my immediate family participates in the destructive, consumptive rituals of capitalism.These poems remind me that the problems of environmental disaster aren’t “out there” somewhere, but part of my daily routine.


Dana Teen Lomax is the author of Disclosure (Black Radish Books, forthcoming in 2011),
from Disclosure (UbuWeb Editions, 2010), Rx (dusie kollektiv, 2010), Curren¢y (Palm Press, 2006),
(a+bend press, 1998), and the co-editor of Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics,
Politics, and Community
(Saturnalia Books, 2008). She’s currently writing Shhh! Lullabies for a Tired Nation
and editing an anthology of experimental work for children. She teaches at San Francisco State University as well as Marin Juvenile Hall and lives in San Quentin with her radical family.


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