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Luck in Sarajevo: Conflict Poem by Izet Sarajlic (1930-2002) translated by Charles Simic

In Sarajevo In the spring of 1992,  Everything is possible: You go stand in a bread line And end up inn an emergency room With your leg amputated. Afterwards, you still maintain That you were very lucky.

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All of These People: Conflict Poem by Michael Longley (1939-)

Who was it who suggested that the opposite of war Is not so much peace as civilization? He knew Our assassinated Catholic greengrocer who died At Christmas in the arms of our Methodist minister,  And our ice-cream man who continuing … Continue reading

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Conflict Poem:’The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner’ by Randall Jarrell (1914-65)

I sometimes think that because we find change hard, rather than use systematic ways to better address our conflicts, we would rather go on killing each other, suing each other, divorcing each other, depressing each other, and generally doing all … Continue reading

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Mametz Wood: Conflict Poem by Owen Sheers (1974-) and Conflict Art by Christopher Williams

Long ago I worked in Cardiff Royal Infirmary as a hospital porter. There was a ward called Mametz and I was often curious about the origin of its name. I recently came across this poem about Mametz Wood, a part … Continue reading

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Aftermath (1919) by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967): Conflict Poetry

Have you forgotten yet?… For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in … Continue reading

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Shiloh: A Requiem (1865) by Herman Melville (1819-1891): Conflict Poetry

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,    The swallows fly low Over the field in clouded days,    The forest-field of Shiloh — Over the field where April rain Solaced the parched ones stretched in pain Through the pause of night That followed the … Continue reading

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First Elegy from the Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

I have always enjoyed the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, though I only read him in translation, especially the marvelous translations of Stephen Mitchell. Here is Stephen’s rendering of the first part of the First Elegy from the Duino Elegies. … Continue reading

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