Welcome to the website of Edmund Blunden. This site aims to promote an understanding of his poetry and prose to a wider 21st century audience. Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) was the longest serving First World War poet, and saw continuous action in the front line, between 1916-18. His life-long friend Siegfried Sassoon maintained that Blunden was the poet of the war most lastingly obsessed by it.
Source: Edmund Blunden Homepage
Source: Red Bull Rising: Poetry Book Review: ‘The Ghosts of Babylon’
In his 2016 collection “The Ghosts of Babylon” (Blackside Publishing), former U.S. army Airborne Ranger and private military contractor Jonathan Baxter has produced a sublimely profane work of war poetry, one that is full of soldierly humor and gritty experience.
“Unheard Voices: British, Anzac, and Turkish Poetry of the Gallipoli Campaign” is a one-day conference funded by the AHRC-funded Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre. “Unheard Voices” is organised by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Museums and Galleries.
The conference will host a number of presentations concerning literary, cultural, and historical aspects of the Campaign as well as an evening event with acclaimed poet, writer, and broadcaster Ian McMillan.
Unheard Voices: The Poetry of the Gallipoli Campaign – University of Leeds
His first foray to a war zone came in the early ‘80s. Already seen as a promising, up-and-coming poet and novelist, Johnson could have ridden his reputation into a comfortable teaching gig Stateside. Instead he bounced down to Nicaragua to cover the fighting between the Sandinistas and the Contras, an experience he would later parlay into his excellent third novel The Stars at Noon.
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Stephan Wolfert’s “Cry Havoc!,” being staged now by the 4th Wall Theatre Company, is billed as a one-man show about PTSD viewed through the lens of war plays like “Hamlet,” “Henry V” and “Richard III,” but here’s the rub: Most one-man shows and plays that try to connect literature with “issues” fail. They are almost always better in concept than in practice. Wolfert’s show is intriguing in concept and exhilarating in practice. Developed over the course of a lifetime, this autobiographical piece is an emotional, intellectual and political wallop.
Source: Out of military turmoil, ‘Cry Havoc’ delivers visceral poetry – Houston Chronicle
O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Launched in May of 2012, it is a platform for veterans and members of the military community to share their writing with a broad community of interested readers.
The core of our work is The Report. It’s where the majority of our writing lives; it features fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that is only lightly edited by our editors.