General Than Shwe is crazy with power
On January 22, 2008, the Burmese poet Saw Wei was arrested for publishing an eight-line poem entitled “February Fourteenth” in the weekly publication Love Journal. Anti-
The acrostic poem spells out “General Than Shwe is crazy with power”.
Saw Wei, a popular poet and performance artist, has headed up the poetry recital group, White Rainbow, fundraisers for AIDS orphans. He participated in the 1988 uprising, and has been an active proponent of human rights. Saw Wei is now in prison, held incommunicado. No information regarding charges has been released to the public.
Babel Fruit would like to call for contributions for a special supplemental: a selection of acrostic poems to be published on February 14th. The poems may spell out any word you feel is appropriate.
releases an electronic chapbook
on the same topic [available as .pdf].