Atomic Atoll
by Russell Brickey 
Announces the October 2014 Publication of
    The two horrific atomic bomb attacks on Japan that brought WWII to a close didn't dissuade the USA from developing its nuclear weapons program still further, as witnessed by the atomic testing on the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in 1946 and years following.  Moving nearly 200 South Sea Islanders from their ancestral homeland (and prime fishing) on the Bikinis to islands hundreds of miles away with much poorer fishing grounds seems reminiscent of our treatment of the American Indian, but the tale is more complex, involving an attempted repatriation of the Bikinis in the 1970's that had to be abandoned because of high levels of Strontium 90 in fish species and local vegetation. 
       In this wide-ranging, stylistically varied and imagistic collection of poems, Russell Brickey brings those naive days of American Power to life and considers the harm that was visited by the US government on the trusting local population of these paradisal islands, and on their ecosystem. If you're interested in investigating a painful chapter in our national history that represents a debt still owed to people whose lives have been indelibly changed because of our fateful choices ("To make the world safe for demoocracy," one can hear American apologists intoning), these poems will serve as an excellent immersion in a topic that bears directly on our 21st century environmental policies and the ongoing identity of our nuclear age  

An excerpt from "Atomic Atoll"