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Poetry for Peace Contest

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.

Last night,
Dvorak's New World Symphony 
- 2nd movement 
at the Sydney Opera House
took me by the hand 
and led me 
to something like 
a clearing
framed by boughs 
burdened by 
unbearable beauty.
You'd be right to guess
- joy dawned 
at the last horn.

Last night,
I imagined
Dvorak endured 
deep loss 
to celebrate
sweetness so.

I see
I don't know 
his history.
I recognize mine 
as it arrives.

This I do know -
is not a point 
at one extreme 
of its opposite.
It descends 
into our midst
and we 
breathe it
to make it 
our own.

— Eileen McGrath


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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