We Lived Happily During the War - Ilya Kaminsky

 Here is a sample poem from the new anthology

I Go to the Ruined Place ~ Contemporary Poets in Defense of Global Human Rights.


You can order a copy of the collection from Open Books and $2.00 from each copy sold will go to supporting human rights in Idaho where Lost Horse Press is located.


We Lived Happily During the War

and when they bombed other people’s houses, we

but not enough, we opposed them but not

enough. I was
in my bed, around my bed America

was falling: invisible house by invisible house by invisible house.

I took a chair outside and watched the sun
in the sixth month
of a disastrous reign in the house of money

in the street of money in the city of money, in the country of money,
our great country of money, we (forgive us)

lived happily during the war.

Ilya Kaminsky