the poetry of war

November 11, 2017

On Veteran’s Day it seems appropriate to note that the Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection has found a home at The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Echenberg’s collection includes over 6,500 volumes: “works by men, women and children of all nationalities, languages and conflicts…from the first appearance of the written word to the present day.” It also includes related anthologies, manuscripts, biographies, bibliographies, links to online resources, critical examinations, reviews, etc. The collection is searchable online by author or conflict.

To learn more, visit The Dean Echenberg War Poetry Collection and blog and see the Harry Ransom Center press release.


massive Whitman

June 9, 2016

Whitman's Civil War

Now and then, we post about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are free college-level courses offered online. The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa has just announced a new MOOC: Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster. Running July 18 through September 5, 2016, the MOOC “will embark upon a journey through Walt Whitman’s writings on the American Civil War. Through Whitman’s lens, we will explore how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, and reconciliation — in Whitman’s time and today.”

The course will be taught by Ed Folsom, Whitman scholar and University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Professor of English; and Christopher Merrill, IWP Director and University of Iowa Professor of English (and poet). It will include instructional videos, readings, assignments and live discussions. The instructors “estimate that this will require 5 or more hours of your time per week.”

For information and registration, visit the course page on NovoEd.

for Veterans Day…

November 11, 2014

The Poetry of WarLast year, in honor of Veterans Day, the poetry reading series SpeakEasy featured 30 poets reading Poetry of War — their own and that of others. SpeakEasy 12 was recorded by R.A. Hull, A Backup Experience, and the mp3 files are posted on the SpeakEasy page along with the evening’s program of readers. In honor of those who serve, listen in.

SpeakEasy 12 is also available on DVD through the Whatcom County Library System.


September 28, 2014

Michelle Ballou - untitled
By Michelle Ballou
2014 Walk Award

Summer roses
blown open —
my son calls home from Iraq

*Copyright 2014 by Michelle Ballou. Broadside designed by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, Flying Dodo Publications.

New app: Wilfred Owen poetry

September 1, 2014

Wilfred Owen plate from Poems (1920)Though Wilfred Owen published only four poems in his short lifetime, film and media instructor Ian Bennett has brought 45 of Owen’s poems to life in his new poetry app, Owen.

For those interested in Wilfred Owen, or in war poetry generally, this is a thoughtful contribution. Each poem is seen on screen, read aloud and accompanied by artwork. In additon, Bennett has provided academic critique and commentary by seven scholars. The app is introduced by Wilfred Owen’s nephew, Peter Owen.

For more: find Owen, the app, at the iTunes store; learn much more about Owen’s life and work at the Wilfred Owen Association; learn more about the app, including the choice of readers, a list of poems and the illustrations and sample recordings on SourceOwen; and read an article by Ian Bennett in The Guardian, “How we made The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen app for iPad.”
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SpeakEasy 12: the Poetry of War

SpeakEasy 12: the Poetry of War will give voice to various perspectives on the war experience this Sunday, November 10, 2013, 7:00pm, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham). The event is free, with donations appreciated.

Call for Poems

October 11, 2013

SpeakEasy 12 call for poems
The community poetry reading series, SpeakEasy, will dedicate its next event to the poetry of the war experience.

If you are a veteran, or have a friend or family member who is a veteran, and have a poem you would like to read at this event that relates to your experience, please submit it by the extended deadline, October 27, 2013, to othermindpress AT

Poems should be no more than two pages long and should take no more than three minutes to read. The poem may be an original poem by the reader, or a relevant poem written by another author. Approximately 30 poems will be selected, with priority given to poems based on personal experience rather than generalized concepts about war.

The SpeakEasy series is a project of poet Luther Allen, who says,

“I think poetry can offer a deep and meaningful expression of the war experience, creating an avenue for witnessing, healing, and understanding the complex human emotions we all carry within us related to war. And perhaps it can lay a foundation for a clearer, more discerning process in evaluating involvement in future conflicts.”

The reading, SpeakEasy 12, will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013, 7:00pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham, Washington). If you submit a poem for consideration, it is assumed that you will be available to read at the event and that your name can be used in promotions. SpeakEasy readings are always free, with donations gladly accepted to help pay for cost of the venue.

“The SpeakEasy series is dedicated to cultivating poetry in the community — not just poets, but also non-poets, unpoets and maybe even anti-poets. Even normal people with something to say, who may not think they’re poets. This is an important reading and it would be good to have a diverse collection of voices and viewpoints.”

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