We wish all our readers, members, writers and poets a happy
and peaceful world to live in. THE SPECIAL ISSUE of our monthly poetry journal
“OUR POETRY ARCHIVE” is now online. In this special issue we are focusing on INTERNATIONAL
TERRORISM and war to lend our individual voice for promoting world peace and
prosperity. Let us speak out against terrorism, violence, blood bath, and for
peace prosperity and harmony among different cultures, religions, race, and
nationalities to make this world a better place for our future generations.
We think it is also the moral responsibility of poets and
writers alike to put their protest, agony, pain and sufferings in words in this
period of political turbulence everywhere. Nobody is sure about who is the
offender or protector. Innocent people are dying in the most violent manner one
can imagine. There is no security for the citizens around the world. People
have lost their belief in the honesty and integrity of the society and
political institutions alike. You don’t know where to turn for shelter and
security. You don’t know when the next suicidal terrorist attack will occur and
where. Such is the situation in most of the regions of the world.
So this is the moment to shift our focus from mere literary
work to use literature to voice our individual protests in a collective manner.
No, this is not a political debate for us. We are only concerned with the
security and prosperity of human beings everywhere irrespective of their cast
and religion, race and nationality, beliefs and doubts, language and culture.
This is the time we thought OUR POETRY ARCHIVE should come out with this special
number focusing these issues and addressing the world in poetry for peace
against war and terrorism. And we are glad; we have got a huge response from
the literary communities all around the world.
We are also happy to announce that our friends and members
around the world have contributed their time and provided suggestions, guidance
and strong support to make this special edition possible. We especially thank
Dr. Mary Miraglia of Italy for her guest editorial for this edition. We also
thank Ms. Lilian Dipasupil Kunimasa for extending her kind support and working hard
to make this edition possible. Our thanks goes to all the members, poets and
friends who were directly involved in this collective project. This edition
really belongs to them. Without their support and contributions we couldn’t
have made it possible.
We invite everyone to visit this edition and share it with
your friends and families. We would also like to request our readers to provide
us with your valued feedback so that we can carry on with our journey improving
OUR POETRY ARCHIVE in a continuous manner.
Let's feel no wonder because of the
terrorist attacks that so much have made the media talk all over the world.
This would be a colossal naive and make us ignore all the historical events
that have so often stained with blood the fields of the world and still do,
most of the time, for questionable reasons. Besides, if we simply wanted to analyze
the causes of wars and conflicts on a worldwide basis, we'd find that they were raised for reasons the
ordinary people usually didn't understand nor share. Wars have never changed
for the better the man's quality of life, but left destruction and deaths
involving in that people whose innate desire was to live long their ordinary
lives, not to break them on a battlefield, but called to war in the name of their
country. So the question comes naturally: what is a country if not an extension
of land of a common house called world? Some of them were also given medals for
their value misused according the numbers of deaths left on the fields.
Being so wide and deep the extent
of the issue, some moments of collective outrage can't be enough to aspire to a
lasting harmony among the people of our planet, it requires the perseverance,
on the part of intellectuals around the world, in the defense of peace,
universal rights, the rights of all children, regardless of genders, to
education, which alone can free from intellectual slavery more dangerous and frustrating
than labor slavery.
Poets, among them, endowed by life
or by Someone up there, of the ability of large visions, have the chance to
spread awareness of the value of each single person, of the possibility that
the political -economic power be exercised for the good of a global community.
This is the aim of all the friends
and poets who have contributed to this work, and surely they will keep going on
persisting in their desire for a better world where religious diversity, skin
color or political affiliation do not make us see in the other the enemy and
consider diversity as a common richness not as division. Meanwhile, let us all
rethink of a new order of the public thing that can see in the citizen of the
world the main actor of the socio-economic and political choices, that's of his
destiny, what is, instead, held in the hands of few even in the most advanced democratic
societies. Their dominant ideology to preserve nationalistic structures ignoring
the common good. The territorial divisions have been thought by men and can be
torn down by them to consider each and all citizens of one world.