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Sunday Afternoon as Oil Pours into the Gulf

By Elliott batTzedek

Across a small suburban lawn
a very large man is riding
a very large tractor mower
with a bin so the clippings
won't have to be raked

while his young son is driving
his miniature Hummer
around and around the cull-du-sac

and my large ass is planted
in a chair in the house,
AC blasting,
scanning the internet
for photos of the horror,
and feeling sick
as I view them.

Added: Wednesday, July 2, 2014  /  Used with permission.
Elliott batTzedek

Elliott batTzedek holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University; her translation manuscript of "Dance of the Lunatic" by the Israeli Jewish lesbian writer Shez won the 2012 Robert Bly Translation prize, judged by Martha Collins. She is the events coordinator for Big Blue Marble Bookstore, cofounder of QuillsEdge Press, and founder of Poetry Business Manager. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the journals: American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Naugatuck River Review, Lambda Literary Online, and Sinister Wisdom, and in the anthologies: Passageways: the 2012 Two Lines Translation Anthology,and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. She blogs about poetry and translation at

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