Poets Against War continues the tradition of socially engaged poetry by creating venues for poetry as a voice against war, tyranny and oppression.

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Poetry Readings

Around the United States and in many other countries, poets gathered beginning February 12th to read their works as a powerful statement of public and collective resistance to the Bush administration's drive toward war in Iraq. We encourage you to set up your own public readings of poetry against the war, contact the press in your city or town, and make the heavens sing with the power of this protest. 

Want help with the poetry reading you're planning? We've put together a quick How To Guide for organizing a reading. We've also prepared a Sample Press Release for you to adapt and use.

Submit a Reading for listing on this page.

For questions about this page, please send email to readings@poetsagainstwar.net.



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Dear Friends,

We are writing with an urgent appeal to join a group of prominent Americans who will appear on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday, April 19th to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.  The appearance of this distinguished group can be a galvanizing catalyst.

There is a moment now when impeachment can begin.   

The millions of people who thought they were repudiating the war when they voted out the Republicans this past November increasingly feel betrayed and angry.  Far from deterred, Bush is moving forward with new war plans.  He faces almost no opposition to a strike against Iran. 

The more public pressure for impeachment builds, the more Bush's war options will become limited. The more his war crimes are exposed and opposed, the greater the impetus for his removal and repudiation. 

The Bush Administration has promoted the end of habeas corpus, officially sanctioned torture, and declared the possibility of war without end.  From Katrina to the latest purging of Federal Prosecutors their disdain for law has no bounds, and continues.

In times of great emergency, the impossible becomes possible. That time is now.  Be there on the Capitol steps.

Rocky Anderson,  Olympia Dukakis,  Chris Hedges,  Elizabeth Holtzman,  Tom Morello,  John Nichols,  Michael Ratner,  Cindy Sheehan 

Endorsed by: Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Noam Chomsky, Ariel Dorfman, Niles Eldredge, Eve Ensler, Sam Hamill, Cynthia McKinney, Marcus Raskin, Mark Ruffalo, Luc Sante, James Schamus, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn


Elaine Brower (917-520-0767); or, to Andy Zee (917-723-9071) or, to Elaine or Andy, via e-mail at 50steps@worldcantwait.org   



For a just and durable peace in the Middle East

The Petition started on November 29th 2006, the International Day for the Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with a one page ad of 200 primary signatories.