This selection offers poetic perspectives of WW1 ranging from the pathos
of 'Out West' through the insanity of 'Break of Day' - the scream of futility
in 'Attack" - the cynical insight of 'The Next War' to the tragedy of
The first four
of the poets in the list were soldiers who experienced the horrors of
World War 1 first hand. My
own poem, 'Quo vadis Anzac?', is also offered. It poses a question worthy
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is nasty business, not glorious, and it is also stupid. WWI was
the end of innocence and the poets who wrote of their war experiences
brought home the irony of that innocence in the face of the devastation
that was wrought."
(David R. Cook. Menomonie, Wis.)