As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues and will have devastating effects on the wildlife and ecology of the area for a while into the future, a lot of people are responding through poetry. Here are links to a few:
Poets for Living Waters is an online collection of poetry related to the oil spill
The Black Flood is another online collection of poetry related to the oil spill
Deepwater by Hannah Stephenson on The Storialist
The Plume by Rae Spencer on Bolts of Silk
Oil Spill by Justin Wade Thompson on Bolts of Silk
In Plight by Rachel Kalyna on Bolts of Silk
Pelican haiku and seagull haiku on Haiku News
What if I were a pelican? by Ana Tun on Anais
Washing Away by Julie Buffaloe Yoder on Buffaloe Pen
A British Petroleum found pantoum by Angie Werren on Woman Ask the Question
My Ecstasy (written before the oil spill) by Khakjaan Wessington on Toylit
For Our Sins by Karen Nowviskie on Keeping Secrets
Please feel free to let me know of other poems on this theme that I can link to here! I'm sure there are others that I could include!
If you're looking for information about birds affected by the oil there are lots of places to read too, but Rabbits Guy has recommended Birdchick's blog.