Dead on a High Hill: Essays on War, Literature and Living, 2002-2012

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A new collection of Bill Ehrhart's essays—25 of them, written between 2002 and 2012 on subjects ranging from the Vietnam War failures of American policy-makers to life in 21st century Vietnam; the trenches of the Western Front, the mountains of Korea, the sands of Iraq; from the value of one's name to the cowardice of Congress; mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the journalist Gloria Emerson, teaching poetry to teenagers; on the famous (Wilfred Owen) and the obscure (Robert James Elliott)... These essays explore the ...

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Overview

A new collection of Bill Ehrhart's essays—25 of them, written between 2002 and 2012 on subjects ranging from the Vietnam War failures of American policy-makers to life in 21st century Vietnam; the trenches of the Western Front, the mountains of Korea, the sands of Iraq; from the value of one's name to the cowardice of Congress; mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the journalist Gloria Emerson, teaching poetry to teenagers; on the famous (Wilfred Owen) and the obscure (Robert James Elliott)... These essays explore the fallacies of history, the madness of war, the craft of poetry, the profession of teaching, and the art of living.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786470396
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/9/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Memoirist, poet and editor and former Marine W.D. Ehrhart teaches English and history at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The author of 20 books, his prose and poetry have appeared in hundreds of publications including the Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Utne Reader, Reader's Digest, American Poetry Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

The Essays

The World Is Watching 8

Batter My Heart with the Liquor Store: or, Teaching Poetry to Teenagers 16

Hell's Music: A Neglected Poem from a Neglected War 32

The Power to Declare 40

James Magner, Jr., William Meredith and Reg Saner: Reluctant Poets of the Korean War 42

What's the Point of Poetry? 67

Kaleidoscope 70

Carrying the Ghost of Ray Catina 73

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: A Brief History of National Myopia 75

What the Fuss Is All About 80

"I Have to Go Now. Bye!" A Remembrance of Gloria Emerson 83

Concerning Memorial Day 87

"Knock Their Jocks Off, Boys!" 89

The Value of Your Name 93

Words for John Balaban 98

Good Wars, Bad Wars, Forgotten Wars and Poetry 106

"They Want Enough Rice": Reflections on the Late American War in Vietnam 112

Samuel Exler: The Poet as Historian 125

One, Two, Many Vietnams? 131

The Origins of Passion 133

The Pity of War Poetry 137

"That Damned Bad": Fragments from the Life of Robert James Elliott 139

Con Thien and Dancin' Jack 143

Dead on a High Hill: Poetry from the Korean War 147

Ken and Bill's Excellent Adventure 163

Military History of W. D. Ehrhart 187

About the Author 189

Index 191

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