11 April 2015

Poems For Peace

Friday, 10th April saw the launch of the "Poems For Peace" poetry anthology, edited by 2014 Fenland Poet Laureate, Poppy Kleiser.

The launch was held at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Wisbech and over on J.S.Watts' photo blog, "Random Acts of Would-be Photography", there are some photos of the event which you can see by clicking here.

Poets from across East Anglia, including J.S.Watts, contributed their poems to the anthology, which is prefaced by a thought-provoking foreword by the inspirational Benjamin Zephaniah, himself an East Anglian resident. As Zephaniah says in his foreword, "we can see that the poets gathered here between these pages have, in their own ways, seen the ugliness of war and rejected the glorification of this brutality."

"Poems For Peace" (ISBN 9780956828231) is a poetry anthology "inspired by the futility of war through the ages".  It includes poems by: Alison Brackenbury, Anthony Smith, Daisy Thurston-Gent, Elaine Ewart, Gram Joel Davies, Helen Pletts, J.S.Watts, Jacqueline Mulhallen, James Knox Whittet, Jonathan Totman, Josh Bone, Keely Mills, Leanne Moden, Martin Figura, Mike Alderson, Mike Bannister, Nigel Hilliam, Nikki Marrone, Patrick Widdess, Paul Quant, Pete Cardinal Cox, Pete Irving, Philip Dunkerley, Poppy Kleiser, Rachel Rose Reid, Robin Shorey, Russell J. Turner, Samantha Weaver and William Alderson.