Poets Against the War

This photo shows many of the Seattle-area volunteers for Poets Against the War, established in January of 2003 in protest of the second Gulf War. The site quickly became the world’s largest-ever poetry anthology devoted to a single subject. In the first two months of its existence, it surpassed 13,000 poems. It exceeded 20,000 poems in 2009, and had transformed its purpose from “poets against the war,” meaning the second Gulf War, to a broader focus of “poets against war.” In the foreground of this photo are the site’s founders, Sam Hamill and Andy Himes (taken at Andy’s home). I’m in the back row, second from the left. The work continues, even if the website is no longer available.