27th January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed by Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides. Poetry NI marks the occasion with the release of our online anthology 'Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day', featuring work from poets across Ireland.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all our poets for not only sending us their pieces, but for having the compassion to highlight the issues of the Holocaust and subsequent episodes of genocide which has effected generations of families, communities and race through one of the most powerful means available, poetry.
The poets included are: Trevor Conway, Karen J. McDonnell, Paul Jeffcutt, Shane Vaughan, Stephanie Conn, Colin Dardis, Brendan McCormack, Alice Kinsella, Michael Farry, Therese Kieran, Michael Conaghan, Ciarán O’Rourke, James Meredith, Geraldine O'Kane, Glen Wilson, Peter O'Neill, Moya Roddy, Emma McKervey, Raisea Dé Murchú and Yvonne Boyle.
Shirley Lennon, Northern Ireland Regional Support Worker for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, writes in her foreword to the anthology:
"Publications of creative and powerful poetry like this collection ensure that the vastness that is the Holocaust remains visible. The selection of excellent poems demonstrates the extensive research, knowledge and creativity of the writers. The range, from those evoking the camps, to those written in response to more recent visits to Holocaust sites and Museums shows how lives today continue to be impacted by what happened."
The anthology can be downloaded as a pdf file for free here.
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