Collecting the nationally-recognized poems of Victoria Kelly, When the Men Go Off to War captures the hopes, anxieties, and intimacies of the military spouse during a time of war. Written over the course of her husband’s deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, these haunting poems span vast geographical distances and generations, moving between the literal and the fanciful to find community in the midst of isolation. Kelly blends lyric and narrative elements to evoke themes of loneliness and human fragility with keen insight. But ultimately, When the Men Go Off to War is a heartrending ode to enduring romance, the reclamation of a marriage tested by loss and separation.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
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About the Author
Victoria Lynn Kelly: A graduate of Harvard University, Trinity College Dublin, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Victoria Kelly’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry 2013 and renowned literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and Hopkins Review.
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When the Men Go Off to War: Poems based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Powerful and Profoundly Philosophical Poems Poetry is images and sounds and feelings and ideas, all together at the same time, with a melody always lingering in the background. Poet Victoria Lynn Kelly knows this, makes artistic sense of it, and creates poems that are poignant in their descriptions and astute in their ability to make us see, hear, and feel the powerful ideas she wants to convey in a poetic way. With each poem, she generates awareness that Robert Frost called the “ahness” of poetry. Read her book When Men Go Off to War: Poems. It is a welcomed work of clarity of thought and feeling in a poetry age of pretty confusion and pretentious abstraction. Believe me. After finishing the book, you will want to read and marvel at her poems again. Highly recommended.
Victoria Kelly’s When the Men Go Off to War weaves history and present day in a way that goes beyond the military family experience to encompass the joys and aches, the loss and triumphs, of all families. Each extraordinary poem remains etched in the brain long after the last page has been turned, like the lingering contrails a fighter jet leaves behind as it cuts across the sky.