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Poetry. Forty-one poems ranging from the effects of fireworks on a war veteran to resurrecting the memory of an old love and finally burying it. Each of these poems is informed by Mr. Ehrhart's Vietnam War combat experience, whether listening to the president saying violence is not the answer while he is ordering missiles launched ("Kosovo"), or remembering that 9/11 changed the world similarly as did Sputnik where patriotism is called for or is called into question ("Manning the Walls"), or refusing to talk about escapist love ("All About Love"). Ehrhart's voice is sure, his rhythms contemporary, his themes relevant and moving.
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W. D. Ehrhart holds an Honorable Discharge from the US Marine Corps and a PhD from the University of Wales at Swansea. The recipient of the President's Medal from Veterans for Peace, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, a Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation Grant, and an Excellence in the Arts Award from Vietnam Veterans of America, he is the husband of Anne and father of Leela, and teaches English and history at the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also coaches winter track and sponsors the school's student journal of literature and art.Review:
Bill Ehrhart s poetry has always kept his own unique voice: an admixture of sarcasm and sweetness, compassion and rage, with some very funny dashes of humor. Always his voice is one of honest searching. --John Balaban
The poetry of W.D. Ehrhart is sublime, earthy, gritty and delicate, precise and original, uniquely appealing to both the heart and the intellect. This new collection allows us to explore the possibilities of who we are and what we might become. --M. L. Liebler
Ehrhart takes the elemental experiences of our daily lives and transforms them into moments of compelling insight. He turns the harshness of personal and cultural tragedy into miraculous understanding. These poems resonate with grace and decency. --Dale Ritterbusch
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Book Description Brand: Adastra Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0982249578_abe_bn
Book Description Adastra Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0982249578