David Smith-Ferri “Iraq Poems” reading

27 Feb

On Sunday March 2nd, author David Smith-Ferri will be reading from his recently re-published work, “Battlefield Without Borders: Iraq Poems” at the Seattle Public Library downtown. This heart-wrenching analogy contains a majority of poems that were written when David was visiting Iraq. The analogy sold out so quickly and was so successful that an amended version was published in Nov. 2007 with twelve additional poems.

Not only is the content pertinent to our everyday lives as Americans-at-war, but the funds from the book’s sale go to the Direct Aid Initiative, which provides medical aid to Iraqi refugees around the world.

Join David this Sunday to listen about his experience in Iraq through his difficult, beautiful poetry.

1000 4th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104

I step outside with Haider
to kick a deflated soccer ball in the rocky yard.
For half an hour we are two boys with a ball,
defying time, celebrating the present moment.
Beyond us, the Saddam City ghetto breaks like a wound,
oozing in every direction.
Somewhere in the Persian Gulf, battleships gather.
I cannot yet see how brightly Haider’s future will flash,
but as I put the ball down and prepare to leave,
I can hear its concussive blast.

-David Smith-Ferri, excerpt from “Visiting Ahmed’s Family”


One Response to “David Smith-Ferri “Iraq Poems” reading”

  1. david eberhardt October 5, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    Dave Eberhardt (poured blood on draft files with him in 1967- the “Baltimore 4” action)

    “Hi from the Unknown Soldier. I threw away my rifle and went swimming.

    You may have seen me slipping away from the column. Shsssssh.

    If in a desert “theatre” I leave to go look at the night sky with all its stars- Aldeberan (sp?), Rigel, Spica, Eta Carinae.

    I am a statue to the Noble Deserter in the park.”

    Want to join us? Then practice non-violence, join the plowshares mvt, resist war, and don’t forget to move to the left.

    Forgive them mother for they know not what they do.

    Heroes to follow? Tom Lewis, war resisters, Dan and Phil Berrigan,”Plowshares” activists, M. Gandhi, ML King, AJ Muste, Dorothy Day, Quakers, Norman Morrison, Rachel Corrie,

    Authors to read H Thoreau, Dalai Lama, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Wilfred Owen, Gary Snyder etc.

    feel free to read at any funeral/memorial- my best to all his friends and loved ones

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