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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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