Minds at War
anthology of poetry of the First World War. All the greatest war poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon and war poems of over 70 other notable poets. All set in the context of the poets' lives and historical records. With historic photographs and cartoons. Edited by David Roberts.
400 pages £15-99 (UK)
More poems of the Arab Spring and Afghanistan appear on the 2011 and 2012 pages. Afghanistan also has its own page.
I have just been introduced to this statement and poem written two years ago at the start of the Egyptian Revolution. - DR 25 January 2013
From Yahia Lababidi, USA
27 January 2011
If I could say something to the brave souls back home, I’d say this:
Remember, you have Youth, Truth and Love on your side; the old regime only has Hate and Lies. Let that give you courage to forge a New Future; they represent a stubborn past. Do not let them divide you or put fear in your hearts. And let the young lead, the young are still immune to fear. Keep your spirits high and clean and you will keep the protests beautiful.
You make us all proud. You’re our hope and inspiration!
What is to give Light
What is to give light must endure
burning, a man once said
Another man became the matchstick
that set a nation aflame
But fire, and its appetite, cannot be
calculated, like freedom
Injustice and desperation make men
combustible, like dry wood
When words lose their meaning
and an entire people their voice –
so they can neither laugh nor scream –
death and life begin to taste the same
From Tunis, to Egypt, to Lebanon to Yemen
the light from a burning man proved catching
And those with nothing to lose, or offer, but bodies
fanned the embers of their hopes into a blazing dream.
A video of Yahia Lababidi's poem What is to give light by Dave Bonta
Response to the historic events in Tahrir Sqare, Egypt, 11 2 11.
The New Egypt - Tahrir Square, 11 February 2011 by David Roberts - a poem, sound,scene collage. (Followed by radio news from that day.)
Egyptian Revolution, November 2011. The poem, "The New Egypt - Tahrir Square, 20 February 2011" expressed the idea that a positive transformation of life was being celebrated a little prematurely.