Sunday, August 6, 1995

Atomic Ghost

John Bradley (Editor)
"The sun was slow in arriving that morning though it was no longer dark, was light enough, and having been born with good eyes, we..." (more)

Editorial Reviews
From Library Journal
August 6, 1945: a day when the world was changed. Thirteen thousand people were killed instantly in Hiroshima, and 90 percent of their city was obliterated. Three days later death again rained down, this time at Nagasaki, with radiation poisoning and slow deaths following. The ghosts of these two Japanese cities move like shadows over Americans, who fear for the safety of their children and the survival of the planet. They are also fearful and angry about official lies about the impact of nuclear testing on health and the environment. The poems in this collection speak honestly and elegantly on these points and more, exposing the nuclear fear that has spread into the core of our being. This is poetry as witness, from the conception of nuclear power to its testing ("talking of the danger/as if it were not ourselves/as if we were testing anything else," writes Adrienne Rich) to its inevitable, unbelievable conclusion. In these poems of witness, protest, prayer, and, perhaps, redemption, we hear compelling voices of the human spirit. Important for poetry collections.
Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia

Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Over 100 poets participate in a strong collection of reflections on the nuclear age, providing personal views of atomic politics and human costs. From Adrienne Rich to William Dickey plus a host of lesser-known but equally-talented poets, Atomic Ghost is rich in imagery and assertiveness. -- Midwest Book Review


(—now at Google Books with hot links. Click on the word "Contents" and a list with links will pop up. I've posted a few links here as well. For ages, it was almost impossible to find this book. The reason why I posted the list and reviews here was because it had almost disappeared from sight. Great to see its contents available on the internet as it's an important anthology—one I'm proud to be in. Thank you John Bradley for your vision. MH)

The Testimony Of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Florence Anthony
Bringing Zeus To His Knees by Antler [pseud.]
Atomic Ghost by John Balaban
They're Family Men by Ellen Bass
Wine From Bordeaux by Sujata Bhatt
Deeper Than A Dream by Peter Blue Cloud
Sailors Shielding Their Eyes During Atomic Bomb Test, Bikini by John Bradley
Why I'm In Favor Of A Nuclear Freeze by Christopher Buckley
Eight-legged Colt, Chernobyl by Jerah Chadwick
To An Unborn Child by Allan Cooper
Bomb by Gregory Corso
Armageddon by William Dickey
Secret Symbols by Hilda Doolittle
Ground Zero by Sharon Lura Edens Doubiago
Why I Think About Hiroshima And Nagasaki by Edward A. Dougherty
The Cocked Finger by Stephen P. Dunn
The Way Light Bends by William Daniel Ehrhart
Another Kimono by Nancy Eimers
The Planet Krypton by Lynn Emanuel
The Fish Dream by John Engels
Mushroom Clouds by John Robert Engman
The Garden Shukkei-en by Carolyn Forche
Radiation by Margaret Ferguson Gibson
Plutonian Ode by Allen Ginsberg
These Are The Word Wounds by Daniela Gioseffi
Harry S Truman Library, Independence, Missouri by Diane Glancy
Shadow by Patricia Goedicke
A Dream Of The Closeness Of Venus by James Roscoe, Jr. Grabill
The Lightning by James Roscoe, Jr. Grabill
What The End Is For (grand Forks, North Dakota) by Jorie Graham
The Half-life Of Sorrow by Roger Greenwald
The Atom Bum by William Henry, Jr. Greenway
Prayer For Continuation by Susan Griffin
Origami by Jay Griswold
The Bath: August 6, 1945 by Kimiko Hahn
Dream Of The Hair-burning Smell by Jana Harris
N by William Heyen
The Message by Jeffrey Hillard
A Prayer For Men And Women by Linda Hogan
Psalm by Peter Huchel
Late Spring In The Nuclear Age by Andrew Hudgins
Country Of Origin by Maureen Hurley
Simultaneously by David Ignatow
Green Light by Rolf Jacobsen
High Altitude Photo Of Hiroshima (circa 1944) by Kent Johnson
Trilobytes by Kent Johnson
Directions For Carrying Explosive Nuclear Wastes Through ... by June Jordan
Questions by Marc Kaminsky
After The Neutron by Terence Keenan
Waiting For The Invasion by Barbara Kingsolver
The Fundamental Project Of Technology by Galway Kinnell
How To Survive Nuclear War by Maxine W. Kumin
When We Say 'hiroshima' by Kurihara Sadako
A Liturgy For Trinity by Barbara La Morticella
The Garden by Dorianne Laux
Gathered At The River by Denise Levertov
The Horse by Philip Levine
Nevada Red Blues by Adrian C. Louis
The Crab-apple Crisis by George Macbeth
In The Shadow Of The Poisoned Wind by Jack Marshall
Terminal Colloquy by Charles Martin
War Resisters' Song by Thomas Mcgrath
Opening Day by David Mckain
Utilities Advertisement In The Wake Of Three Mile Island by Gary Metras
Sputyen Duyvil by Honor Moore
Uranium by Robert Morgan
The Hibakusha's Letter by David Mura
Tulum Saw The Coming by Alan Napier
The Radio Talk This Morning by Lorine Niedecker
Shoulders by Naomi Shihab Nye
When by Sharon Olds
In This Third Year Of Reagan, My 27th Year by Peter Oresick
An Army Of Lovers by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Oppenheimer by Antonia Quintana Pigno
For Harry S Truman In Hell by David Ray
Rose Bay Willow Herb by Judy Ray
For Ethel Rosenberg by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Trying To Talk With A Man by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Black Beauty, A Praise by David William Romtvedt
Eating Dinner At My Sister's by David William Romtvedt
Creation by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Memorandum by Nanao Sakaki
Chernobyl by Mary Jo Salter
Welcome To Hiroshima by Mary Jo Salter
Nuclear Winter by Nicholas Samaras
A Vigil At A Missile Silo by Mark Sanders
Tale Before The End Of The World by Maurya Simon
Strategic Air Command by Gary Snyder
Vapor Trails by Gary Snyder
Sunday Afternoon At Fulham Palace by Elizabeth Spires
At The Bomb Testing Site by William Edgar Stafford
When The Vacation Is Over For Good by Mark Strand
Shadow by Stephanie Strickland
Return To Hiroshima by Lucien Stryk
Silence At The End Of The World by Amber Coverdale Sumrall
Destruction by Takahashi Shinkichi
Explosion by Takahashi Shinkichi
Land Of Little Sticks, 1945 by James Tate
At The Makeshift Aid Station by Toge Sankichi
August 6, 1950 by Toge Sankichi
The Shadow by Toge Sankichi
Hurricane Season by Edwina Trentham
Of Simple Intent by Pamela Marie Uschuk
Early Morning Test Light Over Nevada, 1955 by Robert Vasquez
The Hell Mural: Panel 1 by Ronald W. Wallace
Advice To A Prophet by Richard Wilbur
Strategies For Survival (for The Post-nuclear Children) by Beryle Williams
Tar by Charles Kenneth Williams
High Noon At Los Alamos by Eleanor Wilner
May 28, 1945 by S. L. Wisenberg
The Lamb Of Peace, The Ram Of War by William Witherup
Mervyn Clyde Witherup (b. July 14, 1910 - D. May 12, 1988) by William Witherup
On The Eve Of Our Mutually Assured Destruction by Carolyn D. Wright
Because Of Duties, Zimmer Had Forgotten The Forest by Paul Zimmer
But Bird by Paul Zimmer
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Another review: University of Oklahoma.

What's interesting it to see where it was reviewed: the Los Alamos Study Group, United States Air Force Academy in Colorado,

Listed under Los Alamos Study Group Since 1989, the Los Alamos Study Group community—our staff and board, volunteers, interns, and supporters—has consistently provided leadership on nuclear disarmament and related issues in New Mexico. Not infrequently, we also have provided leadership nationally as well. Our work includes research and scholarship (central to all we do), education of decisionmakers, providing an information clearinghouse for journalists, organizing, litigating, and advertising. We place particular emphasis on the education and training of young activists and scholars.
Our careful, reasoned approach has gained us many friends, and built bridges even with people in the nuclear labs and plants. Since September 11, 2001, our work has increasingly placed nuclear weapons in the context of aggression abroad and the militarization of our society at home.

The Study Group is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our board of directors includes both New Mexico and national members, and the work of our staff is supplemented by the contributions of interns and volunteers. We are supported largely by individual donations. We welcome your questions, participation, and support.

War, Literature & the Arts: an Interntational Journal—from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Turning Away From the Blast: Formsof Nuclear Protest Poetry

There's a fleeting reference in Literature of Nuclear Nevada | ONE; and in 2001, someone from Knox College, GA, did a performance piece based on lined from the anthology.

It too is listed under Miami Universities Libraries, but not linked to House on Via Gombito; at the Chicago Public Library, and the National Library of Australia.

It's also available at Cornell. What this suggests to me is that it's on class reading lists. I founded it listed in a history bibliography at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, on a UCLA syllabus for Winter, 2013, and elsewhere.

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