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Poems for Peace Highlights from Previous Years   

Here are some of the poems, songs, stories and experiences that were shared around the world from past SICA Poems for Peace events and workshops.  We look forward to adding images from your 2015 events!  Keep us posted.

A Selection of Published Poems Read at Various Poems for Peace Events 

With links to the poems and to their authors. Poems/poets  followed by asterisks mean that poem or author just happened to be featured at multiple locations on Peace Day

Kindness* by Naomi Shihab Nye*  


The Peace of Wild Things* by Wendell Barry

(Barry also received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in August 2013)


Dulce Decorem Est* by Wilfred Owen


We Were Missing A Present*
by Mahmoud Darwish*


Because Even the Word Obstacle is an Obstacle by Alison Luterman


As Kingfishers Catch Fire
by Gerard Manley Hopkins


This is What You Shall Do by Walt Whitman


God Has Pity on Kindergarten Children
by Yehuda Amichai*


My Father's Dream by Sargon Boulos


A Cafe, with You with the Newspaper

by Mahmoud Darwish*


Departure of '82 by Sa'di Yusuf


A Speech for Anti-Draft Rally, D.C., March 22, 1980 by Denise Levertov


Beach Burial by Kenneth Slessor


On Being Asked for a War Poem by WB Yeats


Chess by Jorge Borges (trans. Kurt Heinzelman)


Wild Peace, Tourist, Not Like a Cypress, and First Rain on a Burned Car*, Poems of Spring in the Appalachian Mountains 
by Yehuda Amichai*


The Wild Geese* by Wendell Berry*


Stand Ready by Kelly Fowler


Eve in the Morning by Michelene Wandor


Fundamentalism by Naomi Shihab Nye*


Gulf Memo by Stephen Sandy


The Country by Billy Collins


Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley


The Peace of Wild Things* by Wendell Berry*


1914.IV The Dead by Rupert Brooke


The Just by Jorge Luis Borges


The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver*


American Football, Reflections on the Gulf War by Harold Pinter


A Pushcart at the Curb (excerpt)

by John Dos Passos


WOW by Muhammad Hafiz*


The End and the Beginning
by Wislawa Szymborska  trans: Joanna Trzeciak


Misnomer  by Gaganan Mishra


Where the Battle Did Not Happen
by William Stafford


For My Grampa Sam on His 81st Birthday, by Jane Marla Robbins


And the Band Played Walzing Matilda
by Eric Bogle


NOTE:  YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING POEMS READ AT SEATTLE'S POEMS FOR PEACE EVENT HERE.  Be sure to click on the numbers in parenthesis after each item to hear it.


Rant by Diane diPrima


Excerpt from The Bidden Fruit by Benjamin Boyce 


Marching for Peace by  Hadiyah Carlyle


The Undergrown Beast and A Mother’s Nightmare by Ibtihal Mahmoud 


Notes on being a Gulf War Refugee and Target of Opportunity

Meena Rose


Dreaming of Mother Moon by Carol Edson (Blackbird)


Give War a Chance by  Faiza Sultan 


Motherwit (from Pig War & Other Songs of Cascadia) by Paul Nelson


Some Images from SICA Poems for Peace events in Previous Years

Roxanne Payne Reicheg, Actress,LA        Creating Poems, Vancouver                      Michael Cooke, Actor, LA


 Jane Marla Robbins, Poet/Educator, LA     Rachel Kann, poet, LA                           Preparations,  SICA Italy

Hadani Ditmars /Baraa Safaa Ali, Vancouver           Sharing a poem , Italy                Willam H Bassett, Actor, LA

Peace Day Celebration, Brazil                 SICA, Forcalquier, France               Ivan Cozzi,Sworkshop, Roma, Italy

Poems for Peace honord: Austin, TX       Poems for Peace on TV, Austin TX           Reciting, Roma, Italy

Creating Poems for Peace, SICA Canada      Themba Tana onMbira, Vancouver       Reciting, SICA Italy, Roma 

Sharing one's creation, France                      Richard Reicheg, Actor, LA                    Hadani Ditmars, Baraa Safaa Ali

Gail Wronsky; Poet, LA                 Hombeline, Forcalquier, France                 Discovering one is a Poet!, France 

Liam Clancy sings  Bogle's song, And the Band Played Walzing Matilda


It seems we sometimes wonder how "war" poems make their way into "peace" poem events.  It may be that the lament of war — the lament for the loss of innocence and humanity that war provokes —reminds us once again of our obligation as human beings to work for peace.


Here is Liam Clancy singing Bogle's powerful song and poem that was read by Michael Cooke at the Los Angeles Poems for Peace event, "And the Band Played Walzing Matilda."  The song was originally written to remember the 50,000 Australian soldiers who died in the Battle of Gallipoli against Turkish troops in World War I.


(As posted on You Tube in 2008)

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