Poem from Ross Belot’s collection Moving to Climate Change Hours published by Wolsak and Wynn, video production Ross Belot.
This poem is a modified pantoum inspired by the Torrance California refinery explosion of 2015.
Ross Belot is a poet, photographer, documentary film maker, and an energy and climate change columnist. He previously worked for a major Canadian petroleum company (okay, it was Imperial Oil) for decades before retiring in 2014. Now he writes eco-poetics and opinion pieces about government climate change inaction. Ross was a finalist for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize and long listed in 2018. IN 2017, he completed an MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California. Born in Ottawa, Ross has made his home in the Golden Horseshoe since 1970.
Ross’ poetry collection Moving to Climate Change Hours was named one of the best poetry collections of 2020 in Canada by the CBC and one of eleven books that will change your thinking about the climate crisis by Shondaland.