It was originally intended as a forum for North Carolina Writers’ Network members to create a united voice on the subject of peace, according to Chapel Hill poet and editor Timothy F. Crowley. But after the events of September 11th, 2001, Poets for Peace, the book he had been working on for more than two years, took on new meaning.
“There are many different voices expressing ideas on peace in the collection,” Crowley said. “After the terrorist attacks, I began to realize that a collection of poems could become more than simply a collection. It could become a significant instrument for promoting peace in the world.”
The collection of more than fifty poems includes works by poets throughout North Carolina, as well as William Carlos Williams, W.B. Yeats, and Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967. Crowley says he hopes it will be used by readers, and particularly teachers, to help people understand the power of poetry to bring about peace-first in ourselves, then in our relationships with the rest of the world.
All sales from the book will be placed in the North Carolina Poets for Peace Fund, which will provide financial resources for future use by poets working for peace.