June 2010

Du Fu

Du FuDu Fu was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Bo), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets. His greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant, but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations. His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrest.

Afzal Shauq

Afzal ShauqAfzal Shauq is a well known poet who writes in Pashto and the Afghani languages. He has published six books in Pashto, consisting of two books of poetry, one novel and three travel books of European and Asian countries. He is also known as the peace wisher.  

Kathy Roth-Douquet

Kathy Roth-DouquetKathryn Roth-Douquet is a writer, lawyer, political activist and Marine Corps wife. She writes on issues of patriotism, engagement, and the military in society.

Emily, Updated

    fly without
    is the thing
        with armor.  

Stephen Foster

Hard Times Come Again No More

Stephen FosterComposed by the American songwriter, Stephen Foster, “Hard Times” was written in 1854, and was popular in America and Europe. It became a favorite song for both sides in the Civil War, and has become a type of anthem, frequently sung in times of disaster and war.

Katha Pollitt

Katha PollittKatha Pollitt (born 1949) is an American feminist writer. She is best-known for her column "Subject to Debate" in The Nation magazine but has also published in numerous other periodicals, including The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Ms. magazine and the New York Times.

Jane Miller

Poet Jane Miller was born in New York. Influenced by Frederico Garcia Lorca, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Adrienne Rich, Miller’s layered poems juxtapose high and low diction in an exploration of consciousness that is at once structural and intimate.

I am Neda

This posting presents a new music video, "I am Neda," lyrics by the poet, Sholeh Wolpe, and music and performance by Mamak Khadem.  In February, PEN USA and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, presented a program on Dissident Poets: I AM NEDA.  In association with Sholeh Wolpe dozens of original poems in suport for freedom around the world were collected.  "I am Neda' was presented for the first time that evening.


Amsterdam Cries

submitted by Lynn de Vree

At the outbreak of World War II, the Netherlands, just as it did during World War I, declared itself neutral.  Nonethess, the Germans invaded the country on May 10, 1940.  They believed that by controlling Dutch territory they would draw attention from their position in Ardennes, force British and French troops deeper into Belgium, and stop a possible British invasion of North Holland.  In addtion, the Luftwaffe, was in need of airfields near the North Sea Coast, which they would gain by the invasion.