Atomic Cloud examines the era ushered in with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in August 1945. Fat Man, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, was created with plutonium produced at Hanford by workers largely unaware of the end product of their top-secret wartime jobs. Work in this theme explores the aftermath and human toll of the bombings, an age marked by aboveground atomic testing, and the unleashing of the infamous mushroom cloud.
Gabe Williams. Epiphany. 2009
Photo by Richard Nicol
I wish I could spend three days grieving:
Hiroshima/Nagasaki - fingers purple-stained,
Wrists raw from thorns. How easily
Ripe ones pull off - skin, testicles, nipples –
The largest nearly the size of a baby's eye.
Suddenly we go from blossom to berry to seed.
Dear Christ, Dear Buddha I offer
One blackberry for each thousand A-bomb deaths.
-- Forestville, August 6, 1988
This poem is included in the collection
Downwind, Downriver, New and Selected Poems
West End Press, October, 2000