The A1 Verse: Blackout at Natanz

By Thomas Gaulkin | April 12, 2021

Photo of gas centrifuges modified from NRC Creative Commons photo.

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred April 12, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


Explosion Rocks Nuclear Center, Infuriating Iran

(from the original by Ronen Bergman, Rick Gladston, and Farnaz Fassihi)

A power failure called “uncertainty”?
The administration did not say,
and declined to confirm or deny
the heavily protected anonymity
that compromised, increasingly,
the word “community”.


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SHARON SQUASSONI
SHARON SQUASSONI
6 months ago

Haiku, next?