Call for a Civilian War Casualties Day

Poets and War is calling for communities to create an annual Civilian War Casualties Day. We need to spend a few moments away from celebrity news and mass entertainment to better understand how wars have inflicted enormous suffering on civilians.…

A 1918 classic

Written and published in 1918, “High Wood” (on our site) is sometimes praised for its prescience about tourists visiting unimaginably ghastly battlefields not yet cleared of military detritus and bodies. But Europeans had already established such tours after …

Qatar imprisons a poet

A Qatari poet, Mohammed ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, was sentenced in November 2012 to life imprisonment, apparently for writing a poem, “Tunisian Jasmine,” that applauds Arab Spring uprisings. The poem praising specific actions in Tunisia was officially interpreted in Qatar as …