Myanmar poet arrested for critical poem

[from the Associated Press]

YANGON, Myanmar -- A Myanmar poet known for his odes to love was arrested after penning a Valentine's Day poem that carried a hidden message criticizing the leader of the country's military junta, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, colleagues said Thursday.

The poet, Saw Wai, was arrested Tuesday, a day after his poem "February 14" was published in the popular weekly entertainment magazine "A Chit," or "Love," according to friends and colleagues who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals.

The eight-line poem in Burmese is about a man brokenhearted after falling for a fashion model, whom he thanks for having taught him the meaning of love.

But if read vertically, the first word of each line forms the phrase: "Power crazy Senior General Than Shwe."


1 comment:

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

A chapbook anthology of poems inspired by Saw Wai's poem, entitled POWER CRAZY SENIOR GENERAL THAN SHWE, is now available for free at the online literary journal ANTI-:


I hope you enjoy the poems. And please feel free to spread the word!

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz
Guest Editor, ANTI-