Reflections on Violence and Conflict Resolution
This is a collection of poems, art works, and prose about peace and conflict resolution.
In 1996 I started sensing the need to write about militarism, propaganda, and prejudice
while working on a collection of environmental poetry, art, and dialogs. As many persons
have pointed out, violence and environmental degradation are related. So many factors
are correlated! We need to examine violence closely and understand what factors foster
it and how it can be constructively diffused.
It is more than a coincidence I started these poems when the Bosnia-Serbia conflict
while the towards resolution while the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in Rwanda heated up. It was also a year that the U.S. spent
over 300 billion dollars on its military and over 40 thousand died in various armed conflicts around the world.
Peace Pieces investigates militarism and violence and suggests some alternatives to them.
At times satiric and perhaps rabid, these works explore the boundaries between polemic,
poetry, and trash. Enjoy the lines, but also pause to consider, "What am I actually doing
to promote peace?" If the answer is "not much" than reflect on things what you might begin to do.
Updated 21 Aug 2019 Yokohama, Japan