Welcome back to Anonymous Grocer, a 30-day audio adventure in backwards poetry. Each day: a new poem, a new collection of words in unfamiliar and spiraling patterns, a new audio message to ease you into your day.
I first was introduced to the poetry of climate activist Kathy Jitñil-Kijiner when the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) shared her poem-video of “Anointed,” which explores the nuclear testing legacy in the Marshall Islands and the disastrous effects of nuclear fallout and waste on the people and environment. [After World War II, the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands.]
Kathy, whom Vogue named a “Climate Warrior” in 2015, continues to use her written, spoken, and video poetry to educate global communities about her island country and its dangerous nuclear history, and to spark conversations about environmental action, particularly with Marshallese youth.
Discover more about this poet here.
Do you have requests for poems or poets you’d like to see featured in future Anonymous Grocer episodes? I’d love to hear from you!
Peace and love,