Monday, July 27, 2009

Bravo to Carol Ann Duffy

The grave site of Siegfried Sassoon.

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate of Britain, has written a lovely article for The Guardian in London about poets who write about war. As part of the effort, she asked her fellow poets to "bear witness, each in their own way, to these matters of war." The resulting poems can be read here. I especially like the poem by Gillian Clarke called Listen ("to the chant that tranced me thirty years ago / in Samarkand: the call to prayer at dawn; / to that voice again, years and miles from then, / in the blood-red mountains of Afghanistan....")

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