Come Together: Imagine Peace - Poems


Poetry. Anthology. Edited by Ann Smith, Larry Smith, and Philip Metres. With an Introduction by Philip Metres. A grand collection of poetry (seventy poets both past and contemporary) written against war and for peace: poems that sustain us with their vision. "Peace poetry is larger than a moral injunction against war; it is an articulation of the expanse, the horizon where we are one. To adapt a line by the Sufi poet Rumi: beyond the realm of good and evil, there is a field"--from the Introduction by Philip ...
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Poetry. Anthology. Edited by Ann Smith, Larry Smith, and Philip Metres. With an Introduction by Philip Metres. A grand collection of poetry (seventy poets both past and contemporary) written against war and for peace: poems that sustain us with their vision. "Peace poetry is larger than a moral injunction against war; it is an articulation of the expanse, the horizon where we are one. To adapt a line by the Sufi poet Rumi: beyond the realm of good and evil, there is a field"--from the Introduction by Philip Metres. COME TOGETHER: IMAGINE PEACE was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award 2009.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933964225
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2008
  • Series: Harmony Anthologies Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith is founder/director of Bottom Dog Press since 1985. He is the author of 8 books of poetry, a book of memoirs, Milldust and Roses (Ridgeway 2002), three books of fiction, including Faces and Voices: Tales (Bird Dog Publishing, 2006), and literary biographies on Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has edited the following books for Bottom Dog Press: Cleveland Poetry Scenes: A Panorama and Anthology (2008), d.a.levy and the mimeograph revolution (2007); Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (2005); America Zen: A Gathering of Poets (2004), and Working Hard for the Money: America's Working Poor with Mary Weems. He is professor emeritus of Bowling Green State University, Firelands College.

Philip Metres lives in University Heights, Ohio, and is the author of To See the Earth (poetry, 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (criticism, 2007), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003), and two chapbooks. He has been involved in the peace movement since the 1980s; he co-founded the Bloomington Coalition for Peace (Bloomington, Indiana) in the 1990s, and has worked with Pax Christi, Committee for Peace in the Middle East, Peace Action, and Tikkun. He is an associate professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. His paternal grandparents hail from Lebanon; were it not for Ellis Island, his last name would be Abourjaili. See his webpage concerning peace and poetry:

Ann Smith lives in Huron, Ohio, with her husband Larry. She is a professor emerita from the University of Toledo Health Sciences Center. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health Nursing and provides counseling, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki at her Reiki and Counseling Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Ann was co-editor of Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (2005) and has written articles on family relationships in those families experiencing chronic pain. Ann and Larry are founding members of Voices for Peace and Justice and Converging Paths: Sandusky Bay Meditation Center in Northern Ohio. She instructs in mediation and non-violent communication.

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Read an Excerpt

From "Creation" by Kenneth Patchen

Any person who loves another person,

Wherever in the world, is with us in this room-

Even though there are battlefields.

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Table of Contents

Come Together: Imagine Peace

Table of Contents

11... Preface by Larry and Ann Smith

13... Introduction by Philip Metres

Section One: Some Precedents

25...Sappho, "Some say a host of ships…"

26...Walt Whitman, "As I Ponder'd in Silence"

26...Emily Dickinson, Poem #739

27...Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Conscientious Objector"

27...C. P. Cavafy, "Waiting for the Barbarians"

29...Kenneth Patchen, "Creation"

30...Kenneth Rexroth, "August 22, 1939"

83...Karl Shapiro, "The Conscientious Objector"

34...Robert Lowell, "Fall 1961"

35...Robert Creeley, "For No Clear Reason"

35...Muriel Rukeyser, Poem

36...William Stafford, "At the Un-National Monument along

the Canadian Border"

36...William Stafford, "Watching the Jet Planes Dive"

37...William Stafford, "Peace Walk"

37...Denise Levertov, "Making Peace"

38...Denise Levertov, "The Altars in the Street"

39...Allen Ginsberg, from "Wichita Vortex Sutra"

40...Audre Lorde, "A Litany for Survival"

42...June Jordan, "The Bombing of Baghdad"

45...Yehuda Amichai, "Wildpeace"

46...Mahmoud Darwish, from "State of Siege"

Section Two: The Story So Far:

Poems of Witness & Elegy

51...Shara McCallum, "The Story So Far"

52...Karen Kovacik, "Requiem for the Buddhas of Bamiyan"

53...Wislawa Szymborska, "The End and the Beginning"

55...Jon Volkmer, "At the Museum of Archeology"

56...Maj Ragain, "Willow"

57...Jack McGuane, "Bones of a Crow"

58...Lyn Lifshin, "E Mail Message"

59...Sam Hamill, "True Peace"

* 6 *

61...Jeanne Shannon, "Why I Wrote Out by Hand Ronald Johnson's

The Book of the Green Man on an Autumn Evening in 1970"

63...Carolyn Forché, "Because One Is Always Forgotten"

64...John Bradley, "Bosnian Love Poem"

64...David Sklar & Geoffrey A. Landis, "Intelligent War Machine"

65...Steve Wilson, "Ghazal: The Footbridge Over the Somes"

65...Michael Salinger, "911"

66...Joseph Ross, "On a Sign Announcing: Expanding Arlington

National Cemetery"

68...Eric Pankey, "History"

Section Three: Call and Answer:

Poems of Exhortation & Action

71...Robert Bly, "Call and Answer"

71...Adrienne Rich, from "An Atlas of the Difficult World"

73...William Heyen, "(The Truth)"

74...Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Populist Manifesto No. 1"

77...Angele Ellis, "Federal Building"

78...Philip Metres, from "For the Fifty (Who Made PEACE With

Their Bodies)"

79...Robert Pinsky, "Stupid Meditation on Peace"

80...Martín Espada, "The God of the Weather-Beaten Face"

82...Ed Sanders, "July 4, 2008"

82...Enid Shomer, "Passive Resistance"

84...Edwina Pendarvis, "Victory"

85...Rachel Loden, "My Test Market"

86...Diane Kendig, "Spring 1971 Washington D.C."

87...Lauren Rusk, "The People Who Pass By"

88...Edward A. Dougherty, "The Fountain"

89...Liane Ellison Norman, "Maya Weiss Organizes an Anti-War

Rally in January 2007"

90...Susan Rich, "Her Favorite Somali Fable Told to Her by Her


92...Jim Daniels, "Reincarnation of the Peace Sign"

Section Four: Healing the Breach:

Poems of Reconciliation

95...Robert Cording, "Christmas Soccer Game"

96...Naomi Shihab Nye, "Jerusalem"

* 7 *

97...Diane di Prima, "On the Way Home: A Prayer for the Road"

99....Aharon Shabtai, "The Victory of Beit Jalla"

100...Aharon Shabtai, "Lotem Abdel Shafi"

101...Allen Frost, "Uncle Charley"

101...Mark Brazaitis, "We Need a War"

102...Gail Hosking Gilberg, "Teacups in the Air"

103...Joanne Seltzer, "Making Peace in Jerusalem"

103...Emily K. Bright, "At the State Correctional Facility"

104...Marilyn Krysl, "Cease Fire: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka"

105...Tom Kryss, "Consanguinity"

105...Tom Kryss, "Dag Hammarskjöld"

106...Larry Smith, "A Story of War"

107...Naton Leslie, "You Have the Right to a Cessation of


108...Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, "The Program"

109...Mike Schneider, "Shock & Awe"

110...Philip Metres, "The Daily Contortions"

112...Sarah Zale, "The Folly of Half"

113...Elmaz Abinader, "The Point We Meet"

115...Taha Muhammad Ali, "Twigs"

Section Five: Savoring the World:

Poems of Shared Humanity

119...Juliana Spahr, from "This Connection of Everyone With


120...Sam Hamill, "The Road to Rama"

122...Susan Azar Porterfield, "Beach Road to Miramar Resort,


123...Susan Azar Porterfield, "Make-up Lessons"

124...Dane Cervine, "Savoring the World"

125...Joan E. Bauer, "Somewhere"

125...Joan E. Bauer, "Hanoi 1996"

127...Vivian Shipley, "Carolyn Forché's in El Salvador"

127...Marilyn Krysl, "Declaration of War"

128...Gerry LaFemina, "The Sacrosanct"

128...Dora McQuaid, "For Giving"

129...Jim Daniels, "Something Like a Sonnet for Something Like


130...Anna Meek, "Res Publica"

* 8 *

Section Six: The Way We Learn to Love the World:

Poems of Wildness & Home

135...Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things"

135...Todd Davis, "Trying to Understand the Patriot Act"

136...Jane Hirshfield, "Optimism"

136...Jeff Gundy, "February Report on the Conditions in the


137...Jeff Gundy, "Firefly"

138...Rosemary Wahtola Trommer, "And there's plenty to be

unhappy about"

139...Margaret Gibson, "Steadiness"

140...Andrew Sydlik, "Indra and the Ants"

141...Deema K. Shehabi, "Ghazal"

142...Emily K. Bright, "Afternoon"

143...Hayan Charara, "Dandelions"

144...Barbara Crooker, "Hard Bop"

145...Holly J. Hughes, "All Things Falling"

145...Holly J. Hughes, "For the Blue Morpho"

146...Hedy Habra, "Blue Heron"

147...Derek Sheffield, "In the Open Country"

148...Christina Lovin, "This Day in Particular"

149...Martha Silano, "Explaining Current Events to a One-Year-


150...Chad Prevost, "Landscape in a Time of War"

152...Chase Twichell, "Architecture"

Section Seven: Becoming the Next Thread:

Poems of Ritual & Vigil

155...Angie Estes, "Wrap in Parchment and Also Pink Paper"

156...Yusef Komunyakaa, "Facing It"

157...Judith Montgomery, "Weaving Peace"

158...Robert Cording, "Opening Cans"

159...David Hassler, "Household Gods"

160...Dave Lucas, "The Fourteen Happy Days"

161...Robert Miltner, "How to Draw a Horse"

161...Katharyn Howd Machan, "At the Veterans Hospital"

162...Lisa Rosen, "Turn"

162...Lisa Rosen, "All the Way Up"

163...Jeanne Bryner, "Carving"

164...Alice Cone, "Surrender"

165...Richard Hague, "Firewood"

166...Stephen Haven, "Blue Flame"

167...David Budbill, "If a Boddhisatva"

168...Marilyn Rashid, "Touch Each Letter"

Section Eight: Gentleness that Wears Away Rock:

Poems of Meditation & Prayer

171...Gary Snyder, "For the Children"

171...Ellen Bass, "Pray for Peace"

173...Fady Joudah, "Proposal"

175...Penny Harter, "Turtle Blessing"

176...Jennifer Karmin, "Zazen"

176...Kim Jensen, "Rock Bottom"

177...Karen Kovacik, "Songs for a Belgrade Baker"

179...Mary E. Weems, "Kwansaba for June Jordan"

179...Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, "Wind"

181...Ed Sanders, "A Glyph for Judith Malina"

182...Daniel Berrigan, "Prayer from a Picket Line"

182...Daniel Berrigan, "Prayer for the Morning Headlines"

183...Michael Waters, "The Book of Constellations"

185...The Poets

201...The Editors


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2009

    Fine Collection of Poems of Peace for Our Time...and All Time

    This collection begins with work by modern American Poets and launches into contemporary poems that deal with struggle and survival as images of peace open the world to caring. It's inspirational.

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