War In The Woods

Twenty five years ago nearly 11,000 people came to Clayoquot Sound to take part in the protest against the logging of Clayoquot Sound. Every day for three months, protesters blockaded the Kennedy Lake logging road. They would then be arrested, charged and released. By the middle of the year, the sheer number of people that had been arrested made it one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Canadian history. There were at least 900 arrests, including the iconic mass arrests of more than 300 people on Aug. 9, 1993.

Part of the poet laureate role is to respond to requests for poems on specific topics. This poem is in response to a request by resident Eileen Floody, who pointed out the anniversary.

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