Wounds of War: Poets for Peace brings together, in poems, stories and essays, the voices of those personally affected by war. These are voices of parents, of children, of friends, of soldiers and others who have a large stake in the wars, present and past, that our country has participated in. We hear the patriotic voices, the voices of dissent and rage, the voices of sorrow, pain, fear and tears, the voices of pride and love. All these voices are gathered together here to hopefully make the experience of war something more than another headline in the morning's paper. An experience to be felt by us through their words, their hearts, and souls.
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Wounds of War is a collection of poems and essays, written mostly by ordinary people who both support and oppose the premise of wars. But the poems and essays are not ordinary by any means, though some will resonate more strongly with the reader than will others.
Some works cover modern conflicts, such as our country's presence in the Middle East. Others cover long-ago wars-Korea, World War II, and even Vietnam, some thirty years ago now.
You might find most striking the remembrances of a Vietnam veteran, whose life changed after his time in service. Or the short poem by the fourteen-year-old sister of a Marine who's serving in the Middle East right now. Or maybe the poems about Jews in World War II.
This book probably won't change how you feel about war, but it will give you the opportunity to see war from another angle. These are poems by people affected by war, both good and bad, both present and past, but all deeply influenced by war in some way.
Reviewed by: Ann M. Beardsley -- Scribes World
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