An acronymic poem about an oil spill

This is one of the my first poems to feature on on the BBC World Service, about the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010. At the time, the oil spill seemed unstoppable; in the end it took three months to plug it – while BP’s reputation also steadily drained away.      

BP

OMG

SOS, SOS
MIA, DOA

AM, FM
CNN, BBC

PR, PR
FAQ, Q&A
OK, OK
FYI, DIY
ASAP, ASAP

AM, PM
AM, PM

WWF
RSPA
RSPB

AM, PM
AM, PM

PR, PR
BS, BS

AM, PM
AM, PM

NB, VIP
CEO, USA
AF1

O

IOU, IOU

SOS, SOS

KO

PS
BP
RIP


  • Audio broadcast of the poem read by the poet on the The World Today (now Weekend) on the BBC World Service on 16 May 2010:    

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