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We Can’t Make It Rain… But We Can Still Write Poetry

| January 31, 2014
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Lake Oroville, the largest reservoir in the State Water Project, is pictured on Jan. 18, 2014, the day it hit its lowest point (so far) during the current drought. (Dan Brekke/KQED)

Lake Oroville, the largest reservoir in the State Water Project, is pictured on Jan. 18, 2014, the day it hit its lowest point (so far) during the current drought. (Dan Brekke/KQED)

As a California native, I am drawn to art that captures the landscapes and people I grew up amidst. It’s why I am drawn to Wallace Stegner and Joan Didion, why I never tire of Ansel Adams and trying futilely to recreate, in my own photography and prose, the lines of rolling hills, the silhouettes of aging oaks, the saltiness of the coast and my family.

I am not alone.

At KQED, we know our community is teeming with talent. So we’re asking all of you creative types to help us capture this historic moment in weather — the drought.

We’re specifically asking for haiku, given the form’s connection to nature. But if you’re more of a sonnet person, by all means, send us those, too. In fact, we’re interested in any art that’s being inspired by California’s lack of rain.

All of this genius is living on The State of Drought, our drought blog. To share your work simply visit and click on the submit tab. We look forward to reading yours.

Here is a sampling of the haiku we’ve already received:

Drought Haiku

turning up the heat
we have upset Mother Earth
sold my umbrella

- Submitted by vince alcouloumre

drought haiku #2

winter drought
even sparrows
tire of blue skies

- submitted by haikuandy

Drought Haiku

Showers should be short
My son cannot remember
Child of ample rain

- submitted by Edith Friedman

 Untitled

rain and rain and rain

Fresno facebook rejoices

I can breathe again

- submitted by fresnopolitics

 

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Amanda Stupi is the Engagement Producer for KQED’s daily public affairs program Forum. In that role she turns the information shared during the hour-long call-in show into web-friendly content. Her writing has been featured throughout KQED.org, including on KQED Arts and News Fix as well as on MLB.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. Her radio work has aired on The California Report and Talk of the Nation. Stupi runs the @KQEDForum Twitter account and Forum Facebook account. Her personal Twitter account is @FiftyCentHotdog. She believes that Hostess products get a bad rap and that cereal can save the world. Reach Amanda Stupi at astupi@kqed.org.
  • janet butler

    beautiful photo, gorgeous muted colors, lovely composition – congrats!!!

    • Dan Brekke

      Thanks, Janet.