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War Poetry

Like most of my overjaded generation, I find topical poetry to be banal. I am not sure why; perhaps that is the victory of the overlords. I did pull last night from my brain quite a little poem about the American assault on Fallujah. Maybe in response to Pinter’s Nobel speech, where he claimed to have to look to a translation of Neruda to underscore his point, “because nowhere in contemporary poetry [has he] read such a powerful visceral description of the bombing of civilians.” I don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter. Whatever the case, I maintain my skepticism of war poetry. So (I come to my point), I wonder if any of you, fair readers, would like to critique it for me? If so, email me, and I will send it to you in the form it now takes.

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