Love is Love: a collection of poems composed by over fifty authors in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.
On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.
In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.
The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.
In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.
AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.
Not a Review
I wish I could review this anthology, but unfortunately I can’t. It’s not because I wrote a poem in it and therefore can’t review the rest objectively. I’ve written plenty of things included in anthologies and have managed to review.
The thing is, I wanted to contribute to this wonderful project, and I knew I couldn’t afford to buy a copy. I also didn’t expect a free copy to review, because I want all the proceeds to go to charity, so I decided to write a poem and submit it for inclusion. That would be my contribution, however minimal that is.
I am not a poet, at least I don’t feel like I am. I don’t think in rhyme or write in any rhythmic way, that I would consider poetic. I write how I feel.
I wrote my poem on Monday June 13th. In fact, I started writing right after I heard of the idea from Lily G. Blunt and joined the Love is Love Facebook group.
I was angry when I wrote what I did. I had questions. I wanted answers, but the answers aren’t something I can offer. Other people need to be involved. We all do.
I was glad to note, at the end of my poetic rant, that I had a bit of hope.
We all need hope. With hope, there can be change. With change, there will be equality, justice, and peace for all.
If you can, please by a copy of this anthology, the proceeds are going to a good cause.
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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.
Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art,
Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork,
and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.
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