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Unesco World Poetry Day 2015

In times of uncertainty and turbulence, perhaps never before have we needed the power of poetry to bring women and men together, to craft new forms of dialogue, to nurture the creativity all societies need today. This is UNESCO’s message on World Poetry Day. Read more [...]

Book Review : Love and Resistance

by Betty Kituyi
...they gently point at what is urgent and is being forgotten – a pointer for what the modern world should grasp. They are a voice for the poor and the vulnerable – human beings living at war front lines; ecological systems vanishing in the guise of modernity. The poems are sometimes prophetic.....
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Summer

by Daniel Jakopovich
Daniel Jakopovich
Black, eternal sea.
Myriads of Suns blazing in the night.
Swimming when the weather is not hot
in water clear as ice...
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Merely Humans

Itir Toksoz
by Itir Toksöz
wash away the words
said unto you
with a small river of teardrops
do not seek the kisses of others
do not entertain false hopes...
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Eyes Frozen to Sky

Bashir Goth
by Bashir Goth
For Somalia
 
War in my country
No rain to wash the blood
weeping in winter...
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An Afternoon in March

Theresa Wolfwood
by Theresa Wolfwood
 
put away the banners
stack up the placards
the demonstration is over
a few hundred hardy souls
clumped under umbrellas
it always rains in March
weary and dejected
we cleave to friends and...
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To an Iraqi Child

David Krieger
by David Krieger
 
So you wanted to be a doctor?
It was not likely that your dreams
would have come true anyway.
We didn’t intend for our bombs to find you...
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Kamikaze

Sumeet Grover
by Sumeet Grover
 
he begins to hope that one day,
kamikaze, the divine wind sent by
Sun Goddess will blow his way,
and fill his futile life...

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September 20th

by Frances James
“The plants shrivel and dry
fall too early, and we
exult, while people
stream in long lines to
escape plunder and death...

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Through Love’s Great Power

by Vikram Seth
A poem in protest of India's Section 377.
 
Through love’s great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul -
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free...
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Ebur

by Marilyn Bradley
A poem on elephant slaughtery for ivory.  
 
It’s here, to the river, they come,
to play, spray and water the little ones.
Take in the waters, away from the heat...
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If I Must Die

Refaat Alareer
by Refaat Alareer
A poem for Palestine.
 
If I must die,
you must live
to tell my story
to sell my things
to buy a piece of cloth
and some strings,
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Meditation

by Jahanera Noor
Sumeet Grover
Weightless I float, way above the sea of sapphire blue sparkles
The sunlight bejewelling the interminable ocean of serenity.
Space…calm…noiseless…emptiness.
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