POEM Carol Rumens

NWR Issue 111

Star Tin Ga Cha: Fission Fragments

In nuclear fission atoms are split to release energy
in a nuclear reactor uranium atoms are forced apart
the fission products cause other atoms to split
starting a chain reaction.
clear ion at rest lit or lease
actor ran o for a part
ion rod duct her atom
splits art in ach! inaction
In-nu cle arfis sio natom
sares plittor e lea seen
ergy inanu cle-ar rea
c’toru rani uma tomsa
ref orc eda part ther e sult
ingfis sion pro ductscau
se oth era toms tos plit
star tin ga cha in react ion.

Carol Rumens’ latest poetry collection was Animal People, published by Seren this spring. Her other collections include Blind Spots (Seren, 2008) and De Chirico’s Threads (Seren, 2010). Her awards include the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize (with Thomas McCarthy), the Prudence Farmer Prize, and a Cholmondeley Award. She writes a regular poetry blog for Guardian Books Online, ‘Poem of the Week’, and teaches creative writing at Bangor University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


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