Larry Jaffe is an internationally known, award-winning author and poet. For his entire professional career, Jaffe has been using his art to promote human rights.
He was poet-in-residence at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage; featured in Chrysler’s Spirit in the Words poetry program; co-founder of Poets for Peace (now Poets without Borders); and helped spearhead the UN Dialogue among Civilizations through Poetry project, which spanned hundreds of cities globally.
Jaffe impacts audiences and readers with a rich emotional range, masterfully crafted, written from the heart and soul. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages.
Jaffe has read his work in the Japanese American Museum; the Hammer Museum; the Museum of Tolerance; the Jewish Museum; the Museum of Literature in Prague; and the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales. He was the first poet honored with the Saint Hill Art Festival’s Lifetime of Creativity Award; is past Poet Laureate for Youth for HumanRights; and is Florida’s Beat Poet Laureate. His books include Unprotected Poetry; Anguish of the Blacksmith’s Forge; One Child Sold; In Plain View; 30 Aught 4; Sirens; and Man without Borders.
Jaffe’s recent activities include workshops and seminars on artists’ rights, human rights and human trafficking.
He spends much of his time with his wife Shelley at their Scone Age Bakery & Café in Dunedin, Florida, co-hosting the Great Coffee House Poetry Revival series with Alan Graham. Jaffe co-edits the Florida Bards poetry book series with James Paul Wagner.
A Renaissance of Human Rights
A house built of Human Rights stands aflame
Philosophies assaulted growing weapons of prejudice
Buildings fall like butterflies in September
Armies held hostage proclaiming innocence
Presidents and dictators take aim and shoot their own
Worried politicians shutter rights in the name of security
Wings are shorn angels drop from the sky
From nowhere voices whisper neglected freedoms
A child chips away at pretense spouts natural law
The last man standing cries out says he is not alone
Rights are not trickled down ceremony Human rights are laws unto themselves
Human Rights Begins
Where, after all, do Universal Rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. – Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
Human rights begins with your heart miraculously transforming hate to love.
It begins with your mind
inexplicably converting fear to courage.
Human rights begins with your fingers astonishingly turning violence into caresses.
It begins with your family
evolving ignorance into intelligence
It begins in your neighborhood ultimately challenging prejudice with tolerance.