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In the early 1980s he was one of six activists who formed the Plowshares Movement to protest against nuclear armaments, and he has since been outspoken in his opposition to the 1991 Gulf War, the US invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Among his many publications are some ten volumes of poetry. Berrigan's poems, according to Soujourners Magazine "have long been recognized for their spiritual beauty. Kurt Vonnegut once called him 'Jesus as a poet,' and added, 'If this be heresy, make the most of it.'"
Tulips in the Prison Yard was first published by Dedalus Press in 1992.