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Poem for Obama

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.09.2016 | Home
Anis Shivani

As the Obama years draw to a close, and we elect a new "commander-in-chief," here is a poem, written early in the Obama years, reflecting on the unique position the U.S. president, whoever he is, finds himself in.

Iconic War Grave 100 Years On: British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries on the Looney Front, Part I

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England... Thus wrote Rupert Brooke, the famed E...

War and Country

Amalie Flynn | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
Amalie Flynn

I am standing in my kitchen, And I am as still as an appliance, And I am thinking about it again, About countries that go to war. Copyright Amali...

Bodies of War: Wash

Amalie Flynn | Posted 08.06.2012 | Arts
Amalie Flynn

Where my husband sleeps, this man, who went to war/And came back whole, his spine, that horizontal horizon/I will watch tonight, as I lie awake, thinking about the Twin Towers...

Why Poetry Is Necessary

Roger Housden | Posted 08.26.2011 | Home
Roger Housden

What is found there, in the realm of poetry, is what is so often passed over in daily life: the miraculous, the unexpected, the undreamt of. Poems are necessary because they honor the unknown, both in us and in the world.

Britain's Leaders Name Their Favorite Poems

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

With Britain's National Poetry Day coming up, new Prime Minister David Cameron was asked to offer up his favorite poem. His choice was Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est."

Karl Marlantes: My Top 10 War Stories

The Guardian | Karl Marlantes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"It seems to me that a great war book must speak the truth about war; that it is mostly tedious, numbing, confusing, occasionally thrilling, filled wi...

Poems for Memorial Day

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

In honor of Memorial Day, I've collected a few examples of poets struggling to come to terms with the grief and loss caused by war.

Voices of Protest: The Iranian Word

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

There is an old saying in Persian, that every Iranian has written at least one line of poetry in their lifetime -- one can only imagine how many millions of lines have been written this summer alone.

Fared Shafinury: Austin Singer-Songwriter Learns The Hard Way Not To Jam In Tehran Park (VIDEO)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Classically trained musician Fared Shafinury grew up in Corpus Christi, went to college at the University of Texas, and yet somehow always felt too Iranian for South Texas. So the American singer-songwriter moved to Iran.

"Don't Let It Sink" : Making Coffee with Mahmoud Darwish

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 02.07.2013 | World
Freddy Deknatel

Under the terror of jets and shelling, the Israeli siege of Beirut, Darwish is making coffee.

Here, Bullet: Soldiers' War Poetry

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The tradition of soldier poets dates back at least as far as Ancient Greece and spans the globe.

Presidents and Poetry

More | Ariel Ramchandani | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

What is the relationship between poetry and the American presidency? According to the Library of Congress (or at least its website), the bond is stron...

Ex-Soldier Takes On New War Poetry

Poetry Foundation | Nathaniel Fick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
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I first flew into Afghanistan in the autumn of 2001, near midnight, with a rifle by my side and no passport in my pocket. At 24 years old, I commanded...