October 2016: 86 Degrees in Besieged Industrial City

October, 2016:  86 Degrees in Besieged, Polluted, Industrial City

Writers from Nick Virgilio’s House, Fireworks Art House and Center for Environmental Transformation! You can’t come soon enough to document what’s happening in our besieged Waterfront South neighborhood and in our whole nine-square-mile city of Camden, N.J.

It is 3:00 a.m. and I can’t sleep. My dogs and I are coughing from breathing more-than-normal polluted air yesterday. Right outside my row house workers are laboring to dig deep enough – 9′ – to bypass underground pipes in order to replace a cast iron 9″ gas main with a 12″ steel natural gas main. Help!

Holtec is coming. Eastern Metal Recycling is here. Yesterday downtown Camden had unbreathable air in 80 degree October weather. Today it’s going up to 86.

We must balance with our writing, the realities of over-industrialization, with the pure air of poetry and prose celebrating a universal, soaring spirit of sentient beings.

More later…

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