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Poetry drive launched to pray for Kaohsiung victims

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Culture, local media and over 100 poets and writers have jointly launched a poetry drive to pray for the victims of the Kaohsiung gas explosions and their families, in the hope of providing them with a little comfort.

From Aug. 4, poems about the Kaohsiung blasts have been posted on the Facebook page of the ministry's Qidong Poetry Salon, which opened July 31 to promote and preserve Taiwan's poetry.

“Suffering makes us appreciate each other more. Let us use poetry to pray for our fellow citizens who are in tears,” was written on a statement on the salon's Facebook page.

So far, over 25 Chinese-language poems about the disaster have been posted, including offerings by Kuan Kuan and Chiang Hsun, two local poets.

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