Atomic Era Tanka

Special Feature ‘The Atomic Era—Seventy Years Of . . .’ Published by Atlas Poetica

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18 June 2015 — Perryville, Maryland, USA

The latest Special Feature from Atlas Poetica features ‘The Atomic Era—Seventy Years Of . . . ,’ edited by guest editor Don Miller. Twenty-five poets from around the world focus on the theme of the Atomic Era, exploring war, medicine, and disaster as they affect the human, animal, and natural worlds. Available now for your online enjoyment.

“The horrors of the atomic era exploded upon us during time of world conflict when on August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic weapon on Hiroshima, Japan, and three days later duplicated the act on Nagasaki, Japan. Most recently a “silent horror” was released on Japan in the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the meltdown of several of the reactors damaged by the Great Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. While the intent of this Special Feature’s prompt was not to focus on Japan, to date the two devastating events previously described seemingly act as bookends in the atomic era. In between these two events political and social strife has engaged a world population for nearly 70 years through cold war, and anti-proliferation and disarmament rallies. Yet, amidst this conflict atomic/nuclear innovation has developed in areas having positive effects such as in the medical field. Imaging and cancer treatment are two of the most notable medical applications resulting from nuclear research; research and applications that have touched nearly if not all of us either personally or through a family member or friend.”—Don Miller, editor

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Sample Poems:

Michael G. Smith

a scientist
at Los Alamos,
I could not see
the future, the secret
half-life I needed to live

Britton Gildersleeve, Ph.D.

the nanometer
has no voice, only a song
hummed beyond hearing
the sound of the earth spinning
within us and without us

Annie Gustin

out of the ashes
you emerged. the bomb brought on
your mother’s labor.
cry of joy amidst the ruins
hope—soft-skinned, double-fisted.


Alegria Imperial, Autumn Noelle Hall, Annie Gustin, Beatrice Yell, Britton Gildersleeve, Carole MacRury, Catherine Smith, Dawn Bruce, Dean A. Brink, Don Miller, Ernesto P. Santiago, Gerry Jacobson, John Tehan, Joy McCall, Kath Abela Wilson, Ken Sawitri, Liz Moura, Magdalena Dale, Marianne Paul, Michael G. Smith, Miriam Sagan, Neal Whitman, Patricia Prime, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Ron Truax, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Sanford Goldstein.

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