From a report in the UN News Centre:
Much of Afghanistan’s newfound love of poetic expression – which has taken hold in Kabul and Kandahar as well – is coming from young Afghans seeking new ways to interact and express themselves.
Read the full story here.
Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been ravaged by war for a decade now. Poets from the region have joined forces to spread the message of peace. More than 300 books have been written on the subject of “peace” over the last decade.
Read more about the peace poetry movement in Asia Times.
“Edited by Francis Combes and translated by Alan Dent, Poets and the Algerian War (Smokestack, £7.99) features some of the French poets who opposed the war, including Louis Aragon, Jacques Gaucheron, Riffaud, Henri Deluy and Guillevic, as well as Algerian poets like Jean Senac, Kateb Yacine, Bachir Hadj Ali, Noureddine Aba and Mohamed Saleh Baouiya.”
Tehran-based Hoonaar Publication has released a collection of poems called ‘Longing for Peace’ (in Persian ‘Dar Arezou-e Solh’). The collection comprises 81 poems by 70 renowned poets from across the world, who have portrayed the cruelty and ugliness of war. The poems have been translated by author, poet, literary researcher and translator Ziauddin Khosrowshah.