Before the Cameras Leave Ukraine: An Anthology Raising Funds for Ukrainian Refugees
Edited by Rebecca Graham
45 POETS HAVE DONATED POEMS FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY
In February 2022, the world watched in horror as news outlets began reporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since then tens of thousands of people have died, been wounded, and millions displaced. Poets worldwide rose to the occasion, to create anthologies and compose poems to bear witness to this historic outrage. The 45 poems in this collection, ranging from polemic to artfully crafted verse (and sometimes both) have been curated by editor Rebecca Graham to express solidarity with the victims of war. This is a collection of poems about war, atrocity, trauma, survival, and being a refugee – and consequently a book also about friendship, humanity, love, and the best of us. It is not a primer on hate, or a propaganda tool. Instead, it showcases how poetry can rise to historical moments, and formally engage chaos with authenticity, compassion and intelligence – and above all, creativity. One hundred percent of the sales profits will go to the Sanctuary Foundation, a charity that helps to relocate Ukrainian people to safety and homes in the UK.