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CHILDREN PLAYING – after the Persian Gulf War, by John L. Stanizzi

Sam Hamill, Writing for Peace AdviserCommemorating Ten Years of Poetic Resistance, PAW Post No. 14

During the month of February, Writing for Peace  commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with Daily PAW Posts from a host of contributors.

*Parental Guidance Warning –The poets featured during our February Daily PAW Posts write of war and its effect on the human heart. Writing for Peace has not censored these poems, and we encourage parents to review the content before sharing them with children.

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CHILDREN PLAYING – after the Persian Gulf War

by John L. Stanizzi

The heavy equipment,
done for the day,
is parked here and there
on the stripped lot,
among hills of dirt
and felled trees,
scattered lumber
and half-framed houses.
Seven children are walking there,
single file,
their studied silhouette
as exact and crisp
as if it had been precisely cut
from the newspaper;
the familiar, sad gait;
the hands on top
of bowed heads;
the last child
pressing a plastic machine gun
to the lower back
of the child in front of him
walking there in the dusk,
playing surrender,
April exploding everywhere.

“Children Playing – after the Persian Gulf War”, was previously published in Poets Against the War, edited by Sam Hamill with Sally Anderson and others (Nation Books 2003).


John L. Stanizzi, Writing for Peace Guest PoetAbout John L. Stanizzi

John L. Stanizzi is the author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, now in its fourth printing, Sleepwalking, Windows, and Dance Against the Wall (www.antrimhouzebooks.com).  His newest book, After the Bell, will be out soon (BigTable Publishing, Boston).  His poems have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, Freshwater, Passages North, The Spoon River Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Connecticut River Review, and many other publications, as well as being featured on The Writer’s Almanac.  Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in 1998 Stanizzi was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. He has read at many venues throughout Connecticut, including RJ Julia Booksellers and the Arts Café Mystic (with Gerald Stern). Last summer he introduced Dick Allen, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate, at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, presenting a lecture and discussion session prior to the reading. This summer he did the same for Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate. John L.Stanizzi has judged the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud Program, the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Award for Adult Writers.  He teaches English at Manchester Community College and Bacon Academy, where he also directed the theater program for fifteen years. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry, Connecticut.


Writing for Peace News:

All during the month of February, Writing for Peace is commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with a Daily PAW Post. If you are interested in arranging a reading this month in honor of Poets Against the War, please contact us with the details at editor@writingforpeace.org, and we will be happy to share your information on our site.

2013 Young Writers Contest

The Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest is in full swing, with entries coming in from all over the globe.  The contest is open to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, for ages 13 to 19. Contest deadline is March 1st, 2013. Spread the word to young writers everywhere! You’ll find contest guidelines here.

DoveTales,  An International Journal of the Arts

The first issue of DoveTales will be released this month, featuring poets, writers, artists and photographers from all over the world.  We are also looking forward to seeing the winners of our 2012 Young Writers Contest in print. Watch our posts for news of the journal’s release. The new submission guidelines will go up on March 1st. Thank you for your support!



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