The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.
Below is one of the contest entries.
Dear Japan sixty five years ago america turned you into human smoke you swore off war like an alcoholic who took his last drink and put the demon down we've started a good half dozen since and kill ourselves by the thousands with our second amendment when i saw that black wall of water invading your coast i drowned as well in one quiet town there were only a few deaths reported until the tide returned choked with corpses japan my heart is in meltdown for you there have been tsunamis earthquakes and nuclear disasters before but never at the same time it's like having cancer getting shot in a robbery then falling out the back of the ambulance into traffic i am proud of you because after the war you went into meditation and rose when you found a way to turn machine guns into machines manufacturing toyotas you found a way to turn bullets into bullet trains after hiroshima and nagasaki we did not understand some victories should not be celebrated while we were parading with confetti in the air ashes of people were still falling fetuses were developing with missing parts japan they say you are in intensive care i just wanted you to know i care intensively
— Cole Larry Eubanks
All Poems Submitted to the Contest