As Gromagon Press began to reach out and network with creative people around the world, one of our first efforts was the Poets Against Abuse Project. At the time it was called "Nox: Dark Poets Against Abuse", with the concept that poetry with a dark, powerful edge could provide both insight into the experiences of abuse survivors, and catharsis for those who might encounter the poetic works from a lonely, isolated or dangerous place in their lives.
We invited over forty international poets to contribute works to the collection. Some were illustrious and award-winning, others were young, and had never been published before. We brought them together to present a statement that human dignity and safety were paramount everywhere, for everyone. The response was deeply moving, from poets and artists who continued to step forward wishing to be a part of the effort, to survivors of abuse who wrote letters and e-mails to say that for the first time they felt understood; that these poetic voices had captured their own experience and feelings...and given them hope.
The poems were collected in paperback form and published as a benefit book, with all proceeds donated to a safe haven organization for women and children working to free themselves from environments of domestic and other abuse. An even larger collection was presented online.
That collection will be showcased here as a permanent archive. Many of the original contributors have gone on to remarkable careers or continued to build long legacies of strong and aware creativity. Others have passed away, and are sorely missed. But their words will never be forgotten.
All artistic works presented here are copyrighted to their creators and presented with gracious permission. All rights reserved.