World Haiku Anthology on War

After years of work, Kamesan’s World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation, from Kamesan Books, is now available on for $29. Click here to purchase.

Dimitar Anakiev (Kamesan)

Dimitar Anakiev (Kamesan)

This monumental anthology features 900 poems from 420 poets in 45 countries (on 6 continents!), and spanning 33 languages. The book has been compiled and edited by poet and filmmaker Dimitar Anakiev (Kamesan), with illustrations and graphic design by Kuniharu Shimizu.

This landmark collection, interweaving hundreds of poetic voices from around the world, creates a powerful statement for peace and against war. I have never stood in a minefield, or toted a gun on my shoulder, or watched bombs bursting in the night sky over my city—at least not until I read this book.

Kamesan's World Haiku Anthology on WarThe sparseness of haiku leaves no room for illusion, no separation between reader and the scene described. Our comfort zone is stripped away poem after poem until we have no choice but to confront the full sweep of war and all its consequences. And in so doing, we end up defining our humanity more sharply. We become keenly aware of what we truly value. The American composer Leonard Bernstein once remarked “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Kamesan’s World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation is a potent example of that strategy at work. Changing the world one poem at a time.

Here are my own three haiku in this anthology—all referencing Canada’s indigenous population:

diabetes and polio sewn
to red skin


sunny schoolroom—
bright needles pierce the tongue
of a child speaking her language


broken yarrow stalk
the only marker on a Native
child’s grave


© Kim Goldberg 2013

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact:
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1 Response to World Haiku Anthology on War

  1. adamcramb says:

    this is a very important book for our times…

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