“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.
Source: Here’s Why Denis Johnson Was the Last Truly Great Gonzo War Correspondent
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.
Source: The Great Vietnam War Novel Was Not Written by an American – The New York TimesT
This is a very good review of the literature of the war written by Vietnamese – Americans. He points out that the suffering of many of these people was greater than that of American soldiers in Vietnam, many of whom never saw or felt combat.
‘This list includes brilliant novelists, trailblazing journalists, and entertaining genre writers, authors who explored the depths of war’s despair and those who strived cheerfully to maintain morale and lift the spirits, and they are an amazing group of women, many of whom deserve more attention than they’ve received. Even as we honor all of the men and women who have served in military posts (and some of the women listed here did that as well), I think it’s also appropriate to remember and honor those who performed the service of documenting the realities of wartime life’—
“All war literature, across the centuries, bears witness to certain eternal truths: the death and chaos encountered, minute by minute; the bonds of love and loyalty among soldiers; the bad dreams and worse anxieties that afflict many of those lucky enough to return home. And today’s emerging literature… both reverberates with those timeless experiences and is imprinted with the particularities of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq: changes in technology, the increased presence of female soldiers and, most importantly, the all-volunteer military, which has opened a chasm between soldiers (“the other 1 percent”) and civilians.”
Source: Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf – The New York Times
Source: “How the Civil War Transformed American Literature”: A Talk by Randall Fuller | Humanities Texas
“If the American literature that Emerson had summoned into being in the 1830s and ‘40s helped galvanize opinion that led to the Civil War, the Civil War in turn changed what that literature would be, and this poem by Whitman is just an example of that.”
Letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Walt Whitman “I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of ‘Leaves of Grass.’ I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.”
“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fully meet Fussell’s description of the ironic: they were worse than expected. Both began with hubris and false victories, turned into prolonged stalemates, and finally deserved the bitter name of defeat. The shorthand for Iraq, from “Mission Accomplished” to Falluja, Abu Ghraib, civil war, the surge, U.S. withdrawal, and the ongoing sectarian killing, is a story of exploded illusions. The first wave of literature by American combatants in these long, inconclusive wars has begun to appear—poems, memoirs, short stories, novels. Their concerns are the same as in all war writing: bravery and fear, the thin line between survival and brutality, the maddening unknowability of the enemy, tenderness, brotherhood, alienation from a former self, the ghosts of the past, the misfit of home.”
Source: Home Fires – The New Yorker