Poetry for Peace

I’ll be participating in a group poetry reading tomorrow afternoon at the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University. Here is the Program:

“Communion”  Albert Glover
“The Sky’s Empty Paths” by Daud Kamal and “Visitors” by Faiz Ahmad Faiz (translated by Daud Kamal)  Ali Zaidi
“My Shoes are Outside” and “Moon’s Powder”  Becky Harblin
“Three Graces”  JeanMarie Martello
“You” and “Paradise”   John Berbrich
“The Room” and “An Event in the Capital”  Joseph Duemer
“Aristaeus House” and “Plots for Chickadees” Meredith Atkinson
“My Love on the Back Bumper of a Logging Truck”  Paul Doty
Selection from “Brethren: Order of the Seasons”  Robert Strong

Justice Matters

Are justice & peace incompatible values? Certainly, they compete, but in terms of contemporary atrocities, justice seems pretty often to pave the way for peace. Aryeh Neier, one of the founders of Human Rights Watch, offers some recent examples. What, I wonder, would be the pragmatic effect of bringing George W. Bush & Dick Cheney to justice. Just a little historical thought experiment.