Fenland’s Poet Laureate writes Poems for Peace

Fenland Poet Laureate Poppy Kleiser
Fenland Poet Laureate Poppy Kleiser

Fenland’s Poet Laureate has written a series of poems to commemorate the First World War.

Poppy Kleiser, of Wisbech, won the title in March this year and has now penned her Poems for Peace.

The book will be launched at the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech on Friday, December 5

Poppy, who is also appealing for funding help, said: “My Poems for Peace anthology came about as I wanted to do something different to commemorate the First World War. Something that, instead of glorifying war, paid tribute to the fallen soldiers of 100 years ago as well as remind us that it was not, as we were told ‘the war to end all wars’. This has become key in my choice of poems - from Afghanistan to the Gulf Wars and the Highland Clearances, the contemporary poems I have included in my anthology address current issues from all over the world, from many different perspectives, all with the view that war is futile. I have lots of amazing poets from all over East Anglia and a foreword from the legendary pacifist poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

“My own collection, for which I am raising money through Kickstarter is a tribute to all the poems I have written (or am soon to write) in my year as Fenland Poet Laureate, inspired by the land and life here. As my position is voluntary, I spend a lot of time and money travelling to appearances and events and would like some help to produce a book of my own. In donating, people would be investing in the Fenland community; in poetry and literature and the promotion of the arts. People who pledge £10 or over get a free copy of the collection too, so they get to see and appreciate the finished product they have helped to produce. There are other ways to help too - just sharing or retweeting on social media, or generally spreading the word is invaluable.”

The book will be available from Amazon or Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

For more information contact Poppy by emailing: poppykleiser@outlook.com