I want to pass along some information on how you can get involved in the march on
DC Poets against the war sent me this e-mail regarding their plans. Please contact them via the links below if you would like to join them in
March with the poets to call for an end to the war in
On Saturday, January 27, DC Poets Against the War will host a poets contingent at the United for Peace and Justice protest. We'll be gathering on Satuday, January 27th at 10:30 am at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC (U Street/Cardozo on the Green Line), and heading via metro together to the protest at around 11 am. We'll have plenty of signs, or bring your own if you feel inspired.
That evening, January 27th, from 7-9 pm DC Poets Against the War will host a reading in the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets with poets Reginald Dwayne Betts, Sarah Browning, Esther Iverem, Christi Kramer, Mike Maggio, and more. Join poets from across the country who are speaking out on this day of protest. Please let us know if we can add you to the list of readers! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby to end the war! Consider staying over to Monday, January 29, for United for Peace & Justice's Congressional Advocacy Day. Find out more and register here: United for Peace and Justice.
We're still collecting favorite lines of poetry for signs. Please send any suggestions you have for signs to email@example.com.
Here's a sampling so far:
give us Walt Whitman's beard filled with butterflies.
Take Saddam Hussein
and give us Abraham Lincoln
or give us no one. "
Saadi Youssef, Iraqi poet
"all born in the shadow of bombs/ Shall become bombs"
"Friend, the night has slain the moon./ In the mirror of my face you can find no shelter/ only my country's disfigured face."
Fadwa Tuqan, Palestinian Poet
"for the poor die twice, defending two countries:/ poverty and their master's land"
Mamdouh Udwan, Syrian Poet
"beloved stranger! Why did my country become a gateway to hell?"
"My son smells of peace when I lean over him./ It isn't just the soap./Everybody was once the child with the smell of peace."
Yehuda Amichai, Israeli Poet
"The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason./ The passionless can not change history." Czeslaw Milosz
Hope to see you soon!