Poets have always responded to war by writing poetry — it’s what we do. Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on 24th February this year people started sending The Friday Poem their poems about the war — poems about resistance, poems of protest, and poems about specific individuals affected by the fighting. These are stories of courage, grief and hope. We have decided to publish some every week as Friday Poems for Ukraine. Here’s ‘Streetparties’ by Nicholas McGaughey.
“Bring a bottle! Bring a bottle,
for cocktails in the park!
The women make them good and strong
and throw them after dark.”