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Baltimore Poets Join National Day of Poetry Against the War on February 12

by Sheldon Richman

Poets from the Baltimore area will join a national day of poetry against war with Iraq. Joining a protest movement started by Pushcart Prize-winning poet Sam Hamill, Baltimore poetry group "Zelda's Inferno" will hold a "Baltimore Poets Against the War" reading on February 12 at 8 p.m., at Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot, 1818 Eastern Avenue. Readings by featured poets will be followed by an open mic.

When Mr. Hamill was invited to a White House Symposium on "Poetry and the American Voice," he decided to use the opportunity to collect anti-war poetry and deliver it to First Lady Laura Bush. Rather than acknowledge the voices of dissent, the White House chose to indefinitely "postpone" the symposium. But instead of being silenced, Mr. Hamill started a movement to make February 12 a "National Day of Poetry Against the War". So far over 3,200 poets have submitted poems or personal statements in opposition to the Bush administration's drive toward war with Iraq.

Mr. Hamill's call reached local poet Tom Swiss, who facilitates a weekly poetry workshop called "Zelda's Inferno." Mr. Swiss determined to gather his fellow poets for a local anti-war poetry event.


For information on the Baltimore event, see http://www.zeldas.org or email tms@zeldas.org. For information on the National Day of Poetry Against the War, see poetsagainstthewar.org.


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This story was published on February 10, 2003.
  
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