A GLOBAL COMMUNITY POEM
DEAR UKRAINE Read in English
Україна, рідна READ IN UKRAINIAN
Украина, родная READ IN RUSSIAN
Although the focus of this project is on Ukraine, we respectfully acknowledge the long histories of millions around the globe who have been, and continue to be, devastated by forces of oppression that endanger life and deny human rights.
We bear witness from our varying degrees of distance and relation to the war against Ukraine and other forms of violence, at home and abroad. We believe poetry and the arts can be an essential way to respond to trauma, make meaning, and connect communities across languages and borders.
Julia Kolchinksy Dasbach emigrated from Dnipro, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee in 1993, when she was six years old and grew up in a Russian-speaking household. She is the author of The Many Names for Mother (The Kent State University Press), winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize; Don't Touch the Bones, from Lost Horse press, publisher of a Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series; and the forthcoming 40 WEEKS. Read her full bio here.
The Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas community arts projects bring poetry to people’s everyday lives through innovative methods and digital platforms.