Vigil for the Marcellus Shale
VIGIL  
FOR
THE MARCELLUS SHALE

Edited by
Dwain Wilder & Bart White



Public Poetry in a Dire Time

The world is at a great crossroads, a moment defined by growing global awareness of the huge disparities between the power, wealth and rapacity of corporations, the sway they have over government, legislators, regulators, and even - to some extent - the courts, and the plight of ordinary people, waving as in Whitman's image, like tall prairie grass over the whole Earth.

The struggle to keep our environment free of hydraulic fracturing has become, in many ways, the epitome of this crossroads, pitting grassroots rural people, aroused and radicalized because of its dangers, against the power of the world's richest corporations - the oil and gas industry….

-Dwain Wilder, Co-editor, Vigil for the Marcellus Shale

Against Giants

A rapturous hymn in celebration of water… a couple facing hopeless bills and hard choices…an elegy for land rendered sterile and a defiant shout of "Keep Off!"… ground zero in the fracking wars…A lying down before bulldozers. A brave refusal to move.

Poems of anger, poems of sorrow. What can a few poor poets do against the might of Exxon® and other corporate mammoths? For what comes next, we need the angry kind. We need poets to defy their power. We need small farmers and ordinary citizens who are brave, stubborn, unshakeable and cunning. We will play David to their Goliath. We're pretty handy with slingshots.
-Bart White, Co-editor, Vigil for the Marcellus Shale


Table of Contents

Public Poetry in a Dire Time - Dwain Wilder     7
Against Giants - Bart White     8

Craig Czury     
from MARCELLUS JOURNAL     11

Steve Coffman     
News Flash! NO WITNESSES FOUND TO
COUNTER INDUSTRY CLAIM     18
A Fracker's Mother Speaks     19

Michael Czarnecki     
Waterfall/Helderbergs     21

Brian Dykstra     
Big Slick     22

Laura Glenn     
Slickwater     24
Untouchable Earth     25

Karla Linn Merrifield     
North American Triptych in Oil     26

Maril Nowak     
A Farmer Recalls the Future     30
Flaming Bullies     32

John Roche     
Walleye Ate the Oilman     33
Gift from God     34

Sandra Steingraber     
Marcellus     35

Lisa Wujnovich     
Cider Pressing Party     38
Albany Fracking Protest     39
Fieldwork     40
Gas Drilling-It's Like This:      41
Milking     42
Signs     43
To Haiti from Mountain Dell Farm     46
I Can Almost Forget     47

Dwain Wilder     
Jack o' Wells     48
Tax Rites at Seneca Lake     52

Bart White     
Pure     53
Drink Up     54

Resources     57

Editors' Bio     59

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