In the article “The Poetry of Catastrophe” in The New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus notes the rich lineage of disasters set forth in literature. He observes that poetry, particularly non-narrative poetry, defies logic, order and sense, and thus is well-suited for depicting catastrophe, which defies these same things. He offers a sampler of poems about catastrophe.
Read his article. Read the excerpts he has selected. Track down the whole poems. Then write your own poem on catastrophe, on earthquake and tsunami, on Libyan and Yemeni repression, on everyday trauma. Eschew logic for prophecy, just for a while. Bring our fears into the light, that we may confront them. That which denotes the breaking apart can become a tool for bringing together.