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Poets Against the War

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ISBN-10: 1560255390

ISBN-13: 9781560255390

Edition: 2003

Authors: Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, Sally Anderson

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"Poets Against the War is a landmark anthology - a collection of original poetry that registers each author's opposition to war with Iraq. Its origin can be traced back to the day when Sam Hamill received an invitation from Laura Bush to a White House Symposium on "Poetry and the American Voice." Upon opening her letter he was overcome by a sense of nausea and disgust, having only recently read George Bush's proposed "Shock and Awe" attack plan for Iraq, which called for saturation bombing." "Hamill's response was to compose a letter addressed to "Friends and Fellow Poets" in which he called upon writers to "reconstitute a Poets Against the War movement like the one organized to speak out against the war in Vietnam." He asked each writer "to speak up for the conscience of our country and lend his or her name to our potition against this war" by submitting "a poem or statement of conscience to the Poets Against the War web site."" "Poets Against the War is an anthology of the best poems submitted to the website. This collection is both a cry against impending war and a celebration of the long and rich tradition of moral opposition and dissent by American writers and artists."--BOOK JACKET.
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Sam Hamill was born in 1943 and at the age of 3, was adopted from foster care by a family from Utah. Early experiences with violence, theft, jail time, and boot camp were offset by his growing interest in poetry. He attended Los Angeles Valley College and the University of California in Santa Barbara. As a UCSB student, Hamill won a $500 award for producing the best university literary magazine in the country. With that money he left UCSB and co-founded the all-poetry Copper Canyon Press with Bill O'Daly and Tree Swenson. Hamill was editor-printer for the press from 1972 until 2004. He has written more than a dozen collections of poetry including Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995, Gratitude, Dumb Luck, Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems and Translations, and Measured by Stone. He also published several collections of essays and numerous translations including A Poet's Work and Crossing the Yellow River: 300 Poems from the Chinese. He has taught in prisons, in artist-in-residency programs, and has worked extensively with battered woman and children. He has won two Washington Governor's Arts Awards, the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award for poetry.

Introduction
Casualty
Cranes in August
Geese, October 2002
Billy Bush Sam-ton
Of a Forgetful Sea
Gatha
Pathetic Lines/Pobres versos
January 2003; Vermont
On His Way to Kuwait
What to Count
The Clay's Memory
The White House Has Disinvited the Poets
Draft-Dodgers vs. Poetry-Dodgers
Untitled
The Permanent Fragility of Meaning
War Breaks Out Again
Ohio Elegy
Collateral Damage
Destiny is Memory
Waiting for the Barbarians
Mondrians Forest
A Lesson from the Corps
The New Rapture
Syria, 1997
Search and Destroy
Call and Answer
Statement of Conscience
Poetry & the American Voice
Belief
Complaint and Petition
The War
Riverside Ghazal
stones and bones
Letter to Sam Hamill
Flags
War
Ground Zero
Beatitudes
Statement of Conscience
Umoja: Each one of us Counts
Doing Zazen on the Snow in Front of the Colorado State Capitol an Unknown Number of Days Before my Country Attacks Iraq
The Weather in Herat
Compression
Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100
Blue Herons
Speak Out
Shore
I Have Never Wanted to March
Army Burn Ward
At Wat Umong
Rural Electric and Statement of Conscience
Spring Offensive
Guard Duty
Poetry of Bodies
Morning News
Poem for an Iraqi Child in a Forgotten News Clip
Imagine
Difficult to Sleep
from Maddie (age 9)
Sheepherder Coffee
Statement of Conscience
Veterans Day
Igneous
No
Sometimes the Wider World Can Only Be Apprehended Obliquely
Poem of War
Email for Sam and Ballad of a Dissenter
swarming
Green Pants and a Bamboo Flute
The Dead Do Not Want Us Dead
The Kind of Shadow that Calls Out to Fate
Anniversary
Baghdad
The Monument
The Last Threshold
The Olive Wood Fire
Gulf War
New Hampshire, February 7, 2003
Statement of Conscience
Wartime Radio
Cello
American Wars
Statement of Conscience and Untitled
Tale of A Doorknob and Statement of Conscience
Writing my diary with water
The Palace of Lists
Memorial Day
The Peace Bell
Snow Woman
Peace On The Land We Live On
Denial
The seeds of the peace martyrs have borne fruit
Letter to Hayden
From: Shema
Statement of Conscience and Ogres
A Palace of Pearls (excerpt)
Suicide Note
The Woman of Baghdad
Brave Woman
The Truth as I See It ... Circa 2003
Ledger
Apres Moi, Le Deluge
Bad Fairies
The House of Bush
I Do Not Want You, Petroleum
Voices
Unrhymed Peace Sonnet
War Haiku
Whose Wonderland Is This?
I Write This to Report ...
The Grace of Angels
To the Forty-third President of the United States of America
Refusing
No Choice
Thistle
History
The Poem in Time of War
kunishi ridge 2nd bn. first marines
Asleep at the wheel
What Is Lost
Choices
Statement of Conscience
Markers
Trying to Write a Poem Against the War
After the Anti-War March
Eavesdropping on America
Sandhill Cranes Circling their Targets
The Man Who Loved Music (In memory of Junius Scales, 1920-2002)
We Are Waiting for Peace to Break Out
The School Among the Ruins
February 2003 - A sonnet
Natural History
A Plea
Statement of Conscience and The Dream & Lie of George W. Bush
10
Untitled
The Presence of Justice
We Guide, We Follow
Statement of Conscience and The Journey Home
Not a War Song
Enough
Statement of Conscience and American Light
On A Photograph of a Severed Hand
Statement of Conscience
If There Were No Days, Where Would We Live
Children Playing - after the Persian Gulf War
Untitled
Be Serious
We
The Aphrodisiac
Guernica Pantoum
Freedom From Speech
none. a tanka
Choral Song
Chiapas
Cambridge Rant
You Go On With Your Dying (After Mark Strand)
Planet of Smoke and Cloud
Mouth-Organs and Drums
Doomsday Verse
Bloom's Photograph
Global Positioning
You Say
January 31, 2003
On Looking Through a Photo Album (of Viet Cong Prisoners)
Victory Gardens
War
Found in the Free Library
Tomoko Uemura Is Bathed by Her Mother
East of New York
sanctuary under a palm frond
O Alive Who Are Dead
Search and Rescue
Shopping List
Acknowledgments