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‘Stop Being So Religious’: Conflict Poem: Hafiz (1325-1389)

Stop Being So Religious What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It … Continue reading

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Curfews: Conflict Poem by Sufi Poet Hafez (1321-1389)

Noise Is a cruel ruler Who is always imposing Curfews. While Stillness and quiet Break open the vintage Bottles, Awake the real Band. Hafez See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafez

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The Persian Version: Conflict Poem by Robert Graves (1895-1985)

‘The first casualty of war is truth‘ Hiram Johnson to US Senate in 1917 The Persian Version Truth-loving Persians do not dwell upon The trivial skirmish fought near Marathon. As for the Greek theatrical tradition Which represents that summer’s expedition Not as … Continue reading

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Conflict Poem: ‘Phantom Noise’ by Brian Turner

Brian Turner’s new collection of poems ‘Phantom Noise’, inspired by the Iraq War and its aftermath, includes the title poem: Phantom Noise There is this ringing hum this bullet-borne language ringing shell-fall and static this late-night ringing of threadwork and carpet ringing hiss and … Continue reading

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Peace Poem: Wallace Stevens: The House was Quiet and the World was Calm

This blog is often about violence, war and the opposite of good conflict handling. I came across a marvelous Wallace Stevens poem The House was Quiet and the World Was Calm that captures the essence of a mood of peace. … Continue reading

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Poetry: Percy Shelley and the Arab Spring

  There is a really interesting piece by Austin Allen on the influence of the poet Shelley on the recent Arab Spring, posted on 3 Quarks Daily from Big Think at http://bigthink.com/ideas/39148 “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” … Continue reading

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How Aimee Remembers Jaguar: War Poem

Felice Schragenheim and Lilly Wust were gay lovers, who managed to survive together for a brief period in Nazi Germany in 1942-44. Felice was a Jewish resistance fighter, and later died probably on the march between concentration camps in Poland … Continue reading

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Jerusalem: William Blake

I have always loved William Blake’s poem Jerusalem and the hymn based on it. It is ironic that it was chosen for the recent British Royal Wedding as it has traditionally been the hymn of socialist vision for a radically … Continue reading

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Conflict Resolution Strategies: Rumi: Internal Conflict Poem

As regular readers of this blog know, we take the view that larger scale conflicts have much in common with individual conflicts. The ineffectiveness we see in our individual interactions is reflected in our organization’s conflicts and global conflicts. And … Continue reading

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