Saturday, January 09, 2016
Sons of Camus Writers International Journal 2015
My contribution to the 2015 edition of Sons of Camus Writers International Journal 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is this image of the Monument at Lakki in the White Mountains, Crete.
It is printed on the inside of the back cover opposite a poem by Changming Yuan
STANDING, WE ARE UNITED
on the only rock found in this waste land
let's arise, arise high against the sky
by standing on the shoulders of each other
not only to re-find the same and one
language we used to speak in Babel
not only to see further than Wang Zhihuan
after he climbed to another storey, or
than Newton on the shoulders of giants
but to use our own bodies as a totem pole
in honour of the tens of millions of civilians
slaughtered in Nanjing, murdered in Auschwitz
and killed in numerous villages and towns
from eastern China to western Europe
hey, do you see the spectre drifting around
right above Yasukuni Shrine as Abe
and his followers pay tribute to the war criminals?
© Changming Yuan
In Russia during WWII, up to 35 million people were killed. Russian V-Day 9 May 1945.
In China during WWII, more than 20 million people were killed.
Chinese V-Day 3 September 1945.
In both cases, many were civilians, unarmed and unprepared.
You can read more poems by Changming Yuan on his blog yuanspoetry©.
The 200 page journal (ISSN 1705-429X) is edited by Ann J Davidson and published by Rubi Andredakis (email email@example.com) from Rubini Publications, Gropius Street No 30, Limassol 3076, Cyprus. Price Euro 9; UK £6; USA $10; Canada $15 (including shipping)
There is a wealth of reading, poems, essays, fiction, reviews in the new volume. Other contributors include Raymond Humphreys, Herbert Kuhner, Neil Leadbeater, John Light, Morelle Smith, Sam Smith, Maureen Weldon and a host more.
A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.