Review: In Cadence

In Cadence (2016) gathers about three dozen poems by C. Rodney Pattan and Lance B. Brender. Make that Col. Pattan amd Maj. Brender, as both poets are in the U. S. Army.

Col. Pattan, an OB/GYN physician, is Deputy Commander …

Casualty Notification Officer

We send a starched and solemn officer
up to the decorated door and lock
to give the living news about the dead
with four-sharp-re-ports of a volleyed knock.

Most families understand: they see my car
ease to their curb like …

Review: Camouflage for the Neighborhood

Unlike most books of poetry, which are collections of separate poems ignoring each other like subway commuters, Lorene Delany-Ullman’s Camouflage for the Neighborhood is better understood, in fact only understood, as a single coherent work, the whole being far greater …

Call for a Civilian War Casualties Day

Poets and War is calling for communities to create an annual Civilian War Casualties Day. We need to spend a few moments away from celebrity news and mass entertainment to better understand how wars have inflicted enormous suffering on civilians.…

Alice Oswald’s Memorial

If Alice Oswald’s Memorial is not the greatest English-language war poem of modern times, I can hardly wait to discover a better one. The new American edition (Norton, 2012) includes a useful Afterword by Eavan Boland.

Alice Oswald’s idea was …

A 1918 classic

Written and published in 1918, “High Wood” (on our site) is sometimes praised for its prescience about tourists visiting unimaginably ghastly battlefields not yet cleared of military detritus and bodies. But Europeans had already established such tours after …