Waging peace through poetry – is it possible? This book presents the poetry and art from Convergence: Poems for Peace, a project to take political action by giving a poem wrapped in original art to every Canadian Member of Parliament and Senator in the year 2001. Fifty-six poets from across Canada – from Margaret to Liz Zetlin – and 52 artists – from Jocelyne Aird-Bélanger to Paula Zoubek – participated.
Centred around 93 pages of poetry and full-colour art, Waging Peace is enriched by the story of Convergence as told by the originator, Susan McMaster, and essays on poetry in the political sphere by Sarah Klassen, Colin Morton, Roger Nash, Heather Spears, and Senator Jerahmiel Grafstein, sponsor of the Poet Laureate bill.
Mainly in English, poems and translations also appear in French, Kurdish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Sesotho, Michif, and German. Includes 71 illustrations, 54 in colour. Contributors have donated their work to Waging Peace, and all royalties support peace education worldwide.