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[26 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
War: On Hearing Shostakovish’s 3rd Piano Trio (1944)

It’s National Poetry Month. In honor of this month and of the vital role poetry plays in our lives and cultures (even when we don’t realize it), here’s one more poem. Enjoy!
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Judy Neri
USA
I never suffered war
but those warped brooding country tunes
of Shostakovich make me know it
as surely as Emily knew her moor.
I hear in them the family stories:
the moldy sawdust bread
bought with wheelbarrows of money
my father, as a child, balled and threw against the wall
where it stuck, and Muttschen cried.
My Italian mother-in-law
Could not throw out the most threadbare
piece of clothing. …

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[7 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
In Celebration of National Poetry Month: Welcome

April is National Poetry Month – an opportunity to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Here at Peace X Peace we’re honoring the month by sharing poems. Send us yours! And if you’re looking for other creative ways to celebrate Poetry Month check out The Academy of American Poets’ “30 Ways to Celebrate.”
And now on to the poetry . . .
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Patricia Bulitt
USA
Welcome
Sometimes she thinks this: Everywhere Mothers weep for
wars,
A dry river bed stretches out its rib cage or its toes to
hold those Mothers’ tears.
To Mother the Mothers and …

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[29 Sep 2010 | 12 Comments | ]
For the Great Poet Rumi

Alaha Ahrar
Afghanistan
“Rumi’s poems convey the universal message of humanity, peace, love, and liberty; his words resonate beyond the specifics of time and space.“
A Poem for The Great Rumi
O light of spiritual, O pride of the East
The pride of Byzantium and Balkh, O direction of prayer
Masnawi Manawai is your infamously eternal book
To the wise, it’s the source of all wisdom
In our Fia Ma Fia book, there is love of learning
In the heart of lovers, it’s like a world of pleasant treasure
Was born in Balkh, you went to Byzantium
You become a …

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[29 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Is There a Poem in Your Pocket?

Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold, Editor in Chief
It’s Poetry Month and today, April 29, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Are you carrying a particular poem in your pocket, or in your mind? We are blessed to have many talented poets in our Peace X Peace community, so to help you fill those physical and mental pockets, we’re devoting most of this week’s blog space to poetry.
Peace X Peace founder Patricia Smith Melton is an artist in many media, including poetry, and her vision for this organization has always challenged …