Ukrainian American Poet Ilya Kaminsky on His Viral Poem and Watching a War From Afar

3/5/2022 4:42:00 PM

'The poem is a warning.'

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The author of the viral poem 'We Lived Happily Through the War ' on the Ukrainian sense of humor and resistance.

'The poem is a warning.'

AdvertisementAs for the poem—”We Lived Happily During the War” is not a piece of journalism or philosophy, where one might go into facts or questions of ethics. In a poem, one hopes to create an experience in the reader: in this case, the hope of the poem is to help the reader see their own complicity.

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThe poem doesn’t want to be a pronouncement. The poem is a warning. This is what happens when half-measures take place. “We lived happily during the war,” the poem begins, and it ends with the same words. But by the time it gets to its final line, one hopes the reader might find the horrific irony in that fact of repetition. How many wars can we live through, happily?

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You know WAR is not funny. But everyone are allowed their opinion and way of coping with WAR. Me myself I have been living in WAR since 2007 with no end. Try being VICTIMIZED, THREATENED, AND STALKED 24 a day for over 15 and ongoing after going to court.

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Advertisement Advertisement As for the poem—”We Lived Happily During the War” is not a piece of journalism or philosophy, where one might go into facts or questions of ethics.Russia and Ukraine are expected to hold talks in Belarus on Thursday, a second round of face-to-face discussions since the Russian invasion eight days ago.Tags Watch Now: Related Video Premature baby kept safe by brave mother in Ukraine subway shelter CDC no longer recommends universal contact tracing for COVID-19 AP CDC no longer recommends universal contact tracing for COVID-19 NJ city votes to suspend Lukoil gas stations AP NJ city votes to suspend Lukoil gas stations Russian independent TV boss flees Moscow over media crackdown AP Russian independent TV boss flees Moscow over media crackdown Be the first to know Get local news delivered to your inbox!.But President Joe Biden and his administration have stopped short of accusing the Kremlin of conducting war crimes in its invasion of Ukraine so far, with the top U.

In a poem, one hopes to create an experience in the reader: in this case, the hope of the poem is to help the reader see their own complicity. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The poem doesn’t want to be a pronouncement. "They will have no peace here," Zelenskyy said, calling on the Russian soldiers to "go home" and describing them as "confused children who have been used. The poem is a warning. This is what happens when half-measures take place. Ukraine has not released a similar casualty figure for its armed forces. “We lived happily during the war,” the poem begins, and it ends with the same words. and its NATO allies continue to provide Ukraine with assistance, including anti-aircraft missiles known as Stingers, a senior U.

But by the time it gets to its final line, one hopes the reader might find the horrific irony in that fact of repetition.N. How many wars can we live through, happily? One hopes the reader sees the critique of this “we” and what it has done. By the time you get to the repetition of “our country of money” and then to “our great country of money”—one questions the word “great. 24.” That is what art hopes to do: It doesn’t shout at the reader “You must change!” Instead, the reader is changed via the act of reading. Advertisement Deaf Republic imagines a town’s sharp resistance to an occupying force. Meanwhile, the U. Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, has been pummeled with heavy artillery, rockets and airstrikes, destroying apartment buildings and government offices alike.

We’re now seeing citizens of Ukraine engaging in active resistance to the Russian invasion. What do you see in the response from non-Ukrainian observers to this resistance? What can we learn from the for instance, and how do you feel about people’s lionization of her? Advertisement I was 16 when I left Odessa, a deaf kid who heard the USSR fall apart with my eyes. refugee agency said 1 million people have fled Ukraine since Russian forces invaded last week. Odessa architecture is scaled down, “human sized,” and there was an opera house before there was potable water. Odessa loves art, and it loves to party.N. In the summer, huge cages of watermelons sit on every corner." Story continues MORE: DOJ announces task force to target Russian oligarchs' assets But while Biden said Wednesday morning he believed Russia is intentionally targeting civilian infrastructure, Blinken stopped short of that, saying the U.

You break them on the sidewalk and eat them with friends. Here’s a look at key things to know about the conflict: Possible talks Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow is ready for peace talks as another meeting by Ukrainian and Russian officials is expected to take place in Belarus Thursday. The city has an especial affinity for literature. There are more monuments to writers than in any other city I have ever visited. Talks are expected to be held in the Brest region of Belarus, which borders Poland. When they ran out of writers, they began putting up monuments for fictional characters. Advertisement Advertisement The most important holiday in Odessa isn’t Christmas, it is April 1, April Fool’s Day, which we call Humorina. RELATED: How sunflowers, Ukraine's national flower, became a symbol of solidarity and resistance What about violence in Ukraine? Overnight explosions heard by Associated Press reporters in the capital Kyiv were missiles being shot down by Ukraine’s air defense systems, according to the city's mayor. The International Criminal Court announced Wednesday it would launch an immediate investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine after 38 member states, including the United Kingdom and Canada, referred reported atrocities to the ICC.

Thousands of people come to the street and celebrate what they call the day of kind humor. All of Ukraine has a sense of humor—think of the man who offered to tow the Russian tank which had run out of gas back to Russia. The city has has been struck by deadly shelling. Humor is part of our resilience. But alas Ukraine is not a perfect country. The Ukrainian military denies this. There is corruption and a lot of crime, especially among political figures. Khan announced Monday that he would request to open a probe, which requires either authorization from a pre-trial ICC chamber or a referral by member states.

There are oligarchs. A picture shows damages in a building entrance after the shelling by Russian forces of Constitution Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-biggest city, on March 2, 2022. Although the Ukrainian president is Jewish, there is still antisemitism in daily life (which is why my family left). But what gives me hope is the new generation of Ukrainians, people who grew up after the fall of USSR.N. They are free—probably more free than Americans or Europeans. They have respect for freedom because the mindset of corporations hasn’t yet entered Ukraine the way it has the West. This amounts to more than 2% of Ukraine’s population, though some of those fleeing Ukraine are citizens of other countries. Russia has outright denied that it has struck any civilians or civilian infrastructure.

They believe in culture. There are festivals all over the place.N. In Odessa, for example, they had an event when people created a human chain across the city, and each person read a favorite passage from a book to a person standing next to them. I have hope in that generation. The EU Commission says it will give temporary residence permits to refugees fleeing the violence and allow them to study and work in the 27-nation bloc. Advertisement . (Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images) To fight back, the U.