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‘Nuclear Impact Utah’ – poetry from 16 nations

Rock Canyon Poets show nuclear power’s cost in ‘Nuclear Impact Utah’,Court Mann, Daily Herald, May 6, 2017 The new poetry anthology “Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands” is pretty massive: nearly 500 pages long, with pieces from 163 poets from 16 nations.

“If you think about it, there are only nine nations in the world in control of nuclear power,” said Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, a Utah resident and cofounder of Rock Canyon Poets, a growing local poetry group. “And so obviously, it doesn’t just impact those of us who have the buttons to push.”

Shiffler-Olsen and other members of Rock Canyon Poets have contributed to the new anthology, which explores the human cost of nuclear power around the world. From the world’s first nuclear test in 1945 (a New Mexico-based explosion known as Trinity) to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, “Nuclear Impact” covers the broad spectrum of world-changing nuclear events on a personal level. It’s not about dates and figures, but individuals and families.

The anthology also hits close to home in Utah: Many of America’s aboveground nuclear tests happened near the Nevada-Utah border. Utah residents felt the effects, many through radiation-induced disease and eventual death. On Monday, Rock Canyon Poets host “Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West” at Pioneer Book in downtown Provo. The event will include readings from the anthology, as well as showings from the recent documentary “Downwinders,” which examines how those nuclear tests affected citizens of the Intermountain West, and a Q&A with the “Downwinders” filmmakers………


May 8, 2017 - Posted by | general

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