Visual Poetry


Oil Spills


Painting on a thrown out, old, heavy door.  Madison WI.


6/7/10 for CMB


Crude - The movie (2009)

DVD Review: Crude: The Real Price of Oil

by Paul Schultz
Published: May 5, 2010

from the article:
"Everyone loves a David versus Goliath story. And with the oil rig explosion and subsequent spillage in the Gulf of Mexico dominating the news of late, it's hard for a ginormous oil conglomerate to deny the environmental impact caused by their industry."

Also read about this new film - From the New York Times -
Big Oil's Stain in the Amazon by A. O. Scott

                                                                                                           Juan Diego Pérez/Entendre Films

8X10 Acrylic on Canvas - Matthew Stolte               


Read Harvest for Hope (Warner Wellness 2005) for information on mindful eating. 
From Harvest for Hope: "We have to face the fact that industrial fishing is causing terrible damage to our oceans, the wondrous ecosystem that sustains us all. Coral reefs - the rain forests of the sea - have declined 30 percent in the last thirty years, largely because of overfishing and shrimp trawling.  Industrial fleets have fished out at least 90 percent of all large ocean predators - marlin, swordfish, shark, cod, halibut, skate, and flounder - in the past fifty years." 



The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle, 2009
                    About this Book
(from Random House)

A Silent Spring for our era, this eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.

In recent decades we’ve learned more about the ocean than in all previous human history combined. But, even as our knowledge has exploded, so too has our power to upset the delicate balance of this complex organism. Modern overexploitation has driven many species to the verge of extinction, from tiny but indispensable biota to magnificent creatures like tuna, swordfish, and great whales. Since the mid-20th century about half our coral reefs have died or suffered sharp decline; hundreds of oxygen-deprived "dead zones" blight our coastal waters; and toxic pollutants afflict every level of the food chain.

Fortunately, there is reason for hope, but what we do—or fail to do—in the next ten years may well resonate for the next ten thousand. The ultimate goal, Earle argues passionately and persuasively, is to find responsible, renewable strategies that safeguard the natural systems that sustain us. The first step is to understand and act upon the wise message of this accessible, insightful, and compelling book.


Sweet Pea Oil Spill Paintings

20" X 24" acrylic on canvas


  Poem for the Oceans

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Poem for the Oceans - Nude - 10.19.08

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oil sick  oil sick

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i.e.  ea  pill  hell

till  port  pine

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pill  amp

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sick  sick

ail  ale

oiled  car.pet

loud  car.p


quid pro quo




Check out the children's book Oil Spill! by Melvin Berger, illustrated by Paul Mirocha, ©1994.

Charming oil spill information - Oil Spills: Novi Meadows Elementary, 2002.

Oil Spill Definition - Wikipedia

Oil Spill Cleanup Information - The University of Delaware

Oil Pollution

Newton's Apple - Oil Spills

What causes oil spills?  Runoff from the land!

Visit: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-causes-oil-spills.htm



Mail Art by C. Mehrl Bennett