Voices in Wartime: The Anthology

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Essays. Memoir. The VOICES IN WARTIME ANTHOLOGY comprises poetry, essays, and narratives based on interviews conducted for the feature-length documentary film Voices in Wartime, which opened in theaters nationwide April 8, 2005. "The 240 pages of this anthology do not contain the words of politicians or pundits," said Andrew Himes, editor of the anthology and executive producer of the film Voices in Wartime. "Instead, it features active-duty soldiers, veterans, torture victims, war correspondents, the families of the disappeared and the dead, poets, peace activists-the compelling responses of unique, individual human beings to the experience of war." Chris Abani, Wilfred Owen and Jonathan Schell are among the contributors.
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Editorial Reviews

A b/w photo with a short bio introduces each author of these poems, essays and interviews excerpted from the documentary film of the same title. Among the most familiar are Homer, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Alan Seeger, who at age 28 wrote "I Have a Rendezvous With Death," moments before he fell in a fatal flurry of machine-gun fire. Lesser-known poets, soldiers, doctors, war correspondents, and civilians offer their firsthand experiences, resulting in a chilling look at combat and its aftermath from many angles, spanning history and the globe. Post-traumatic stress disorder (defined as "not an illness but an injury"), the grief of a child for her "momentary father," who came home from WW II only to be "missing in action" emotionally for the rest of his life, and a journalist's battle with fear are among the many facets of war explored. Perhaps the most eloquent contributor is a fourth-grade student at a Michigan school, who in 2001 summarized his view of war in these words: "If you are lucky in this life / A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies / And when the soldiers look into the window / They don't see their enemies / They see themselves as children / And they stop fighting / And go home and go to sleep / When they wake up, the land is well again." With its unflinching look at the toll war exacts from its victims, this slim volume points the way toward whatever healing may be possible. KLIATT Codes: SA--Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Whit Press (Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Ave, Seattle WA 98122), 235p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—Jessica Swaim
Library Journal
This volume contains selected poems, essays, and narratives based on interviews conducted for the documentary film Voices in Wartime. There is an eclectic variety of material here, from "classic" war poetry by Wilfred Owen, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Hardy to more contemporary work by veterans or those on active duty. Foreign countries are also represented, with poetry and narratives by survivors of war from Nigeria, Iraq, Vietnam, and Colombia. Critical perspectives include a contribution from Lt. Gen. William Lennox, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on American war poetry; and Jon Stallworthy (The Poems of Wilfred Owen), also a war poetry expert. This multifaceted collection artfully combines critical analysis with memoir and poetry to invoke a three-dimensional experience of the effects of war. The emotional and physical trauma of war is also addressed, along with practical suggestions for healing. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-Alison M. Lewis, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972020534
  • Publisher: Whit Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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