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Poems in Response to Peril

Canadian poets Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski have co-edited Poems in Response to Peril, an anthology which brings together 61 poems by 48 of Canada’s most prominent poets in response to the current crisis in Ukraine and other perils afflicting our troubled times. Profits from the book will be directed toward PEN Ukraine.


Luminaries like Gary Barwin, George Elliott Clarke, Daphne Marlatt, Susan McCaslin and Goran Simić offer us passionate, often heartbreaking, poems invoking sunflowers and broken earth; intimacy and grief; falling bombs and the fragility of flesh; AK-47s and a bride’s bouquet. Gathering voices in the white heat of the moment, this anthology couldn’t be more timely or more necessary.


Poems in Response to Peril: An Anthology in Support of Ukraine, edited by Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski. (Pendas Productions/Laughing Raven Press, 2022, 121 pages) ISBN 978-1-927734-37-7

Price: $30 CDN plus $5 shipping per copy; flat rate of $20 for orders of 5-10 copies. Postage on US orders is $10 CDN.

For orders, please contact Richard-Yves Sitoski at or visit the store directly HERE.

Please visit the accompanying YouTube playlist HERE, featuring videos of poems featured in the anthology (accessible via QR codes in the book), as well as videos of poems prepared by other poets for this project.

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