I know our Call for Art is still going on, but I had to share this. Peter Lach-Newinsky sent in some of his amazing poetry with a lovely email attached. He is a published  poet living on a small permaculture farm near Bundanoon, about 160 km south west of Sydney, Australia. Recent publications:The Post-Man Letters & Other Poems (Picaro Press 2010), On the Innocence of Clouds (Picaro Press Wagtail Series No. 104, 2011), The Knee Monologues & Other Poems (Picaro Press 2009). At the time of the incident he was living in Germany with a 3 year old son. He sent over a bunch of poems and I was so moved that couldn’t help but just share one a little early.

This is the first in The Chernobyl Series:

Drachenwind                                                  Dragonwind

die toten Murmeln der Augen                       dead marble eyes
fischverbissen                                                      scarmouth hanging on
der Narbenmund                                                like a stubborn fish
über Krötenwolken ein Lichtei                     over toad clouds an egg of light
tönend im Wind                                                   tolling in the wind
es lebte ein Drache                                             there once was a dragon
es lebte ein Drache                                             there once was a dragon
es lebte ein Drache                                             there once was a dragon
es lebte                                                                    there once was

(30 June 1986)