Poets Against the War was a global movement of poets that erupted in February, 2003, to protest the invasion of Iraq by the Bush administration. Within a few weeks, the movement ballooned into an international phenomenon, with over 13,000 poets submitting their poetry to the web site to protest the war.
The poems on the Poets Against the War web site were archived in 2010.
The movement inspired the 2004 documentary film Voices in Warime, and then the Voices Education Project, with its mission to amplify the voices of veterans and civilian witnesses to war, in order to heal the wounds of war and lay the basis for a more peaceful world. Andrew Himes was co-founder of Poets Against the War (with Sam Hamill and Emily Warn), executive producer of Voices in Wartime, and founder of Voices, whici has now become the education program of the Charter for Compassion..
Voices in Wartime is a feature-length documentary that sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets – unknown and world-famous. Soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat interviewed in Voices in Wartime add diverse perspectives on war’s effects on soldiers, civilians and society. In Voices in Wartime, poets around the world, from the United States and Colombia to Britain and Nigeria to Iraq and India, share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul.