Minds at War
anthology of poetry of the First World War. All the greatest war poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon and war poems of over 70 other notable poets. All set in the context of the poets' lives and historical records. With historic photographs and cartoons. Edited by David Roberts.
400 pages £14-99 (UK)
Visitors to this website in 12 months
Between 13 November 2010 and 12 November 2011 there were 828,367 visitors to the war poetry website - the first 12 month period in which I have used Google Analytics to keep track of visitors. - DR.
New book of poetry about the war in Afghanistan -
Enduring Freedom, An
Afghan Anthology, edited by Ryan Gearing. Published
by FireStep Press, £12 - with £2 from every book going
to the charity Combat Stress.
See an item on YouTube from ITV about this book:
Reviews can be found here:
Reviews can be found here:http://www.arrse.co.uk/content/909-enduring-freedom-afghan-anthology-ed-ryan-gearing.html
Falklands War 30th Anniversary 2012
Falklands War Poetry - If you were affected by the Falkland's war and wrote poetry about it please consider sharing it with the world on this website. Yourr contributions would be welcomed. Click on Contact to get in touch. - David Roberts, Editor, The War Poetry Website.
Palestinian Poet's new book
Remi Kanazi has a new book: "Poetic Injustice - The long-awaited release by Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi is a diverse mix of unabashed resistance poems laced with searing indictments of occupation, ethnic cleansing, and war, Remi tackles some of the most important issues facing the world today. " - from the Poetic Injustice website.
Praise for Poetic Injustice
Heroes, 100 poems from the new generation of war poets, will surprise many. Great war poetry did not die with the last of the poets of the First World War. Today's soldiers, sailors, and airmen are writing compelling poetry that should be read by everyone.
The dangers faced by today's servicemen are at the extreme of human experience. They go through long periods of intense stress, often interspersed with traumatic experiences - being caught in explosions, risking death from booby-trap or sniper, suffering the loss of colleagues or seeing them mutilated, and, themselves, perhaps having to kill fellow human beings. These experiences take their toll. Many of those not physically wounded experience a shattering of their nerves, a debilitating loss of self-confidence. One poem describes a loss of personality following a brain injury. "Imagine," the author writes, "waking up a different person/ altered for the rest of your life./ My life has changed irrevocably/a challenge so unexpected/ one that I am not sure I can win/ the one I have to face." All servicemen are changed by what they go through.
All three services and, remarkably, all ranks are represented in this book. There are a few women writers including relations of serving personnel. There is a particularly moving poem by the book's youngest author, the 11-year-old daughter of a soldier who wrote A child's memory of war. It describes her father's progress after he arrives home from Afghanistan an injured man. Finally, he is in a wheelchair, but "determined, once again, to take his first steps."
The poetry comes from several conflicts but mainly Iraq and Afghanistan. The others include the Second World War, the Falklands, and Northern Ireland where our soldiers suffered much more than I ever realised.
The writers are not experienced poets but many have deeply, skilfully and effectively considered their choice of words and the way their ideas are expressed. There is almost no poetic cleverness with the use of words, rather there is a determination to tell things as they are, to convey the intensity of their human experience. There is powerful graphic description and sometimes brutal honesty. There is compassion, pity, anger and sadness, particularly sadness for the girlfriends, wives and children left behind, and an acknowledgement of the unhappiness servicemen bring upon those they love the most when they go to war.
This is serious stuff. This book is our soldiers speaking. We should know what our soldiers are like and what they do. They want us to know. What they say is important, gripping and moving. This is the book.
Heroes, 100 poems from the new generation of war poets is edited by John Jeffcock and published by Ebury Press. Price £10. Part of this sum will go to ABF, The Soldiers' Charity.
David Roberts, Editor, The War Poetry Website, 9 November 2011
John Jeffcock, Editor of Heroes,
in centre front, with 82-year-old
Just published -
Heroes, 100 poems from
the new generation of war poets. Read review opposite.
New book of poetry about Palestine.
PTSD poems needed for new book
More about Heroes
The book would have been improved by the addition of an index of authors and their poems and, I think, by keeping the biographical information all together in one place.
I thought it unfortunate that the first poem
seems to lack conviction. We have a child small enough to
be reaching out to hold his soldier father's hand and yet is
mature enough to understand the concept of heroism and safety. I
was not convinced that this described a real event. Obviously
the poem was chosen because of the use of the word hero which
conveniently coincided with the title of the book. -