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May 27, 2012

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Former Best American Poetry blogger Earle Hitchner writes:

B. J. Omanson did the excellent annotations for John Allan Wyeth's THIS MAN'S ARMY: A WAR IN FIFTY-ODD SONNETS, for which Dana Gioia, the subject of my doctoral dissertation, wrote a new introduction (U of South Carolina Press, 2008). Gioia also wrote two other essays touting Wyeth's wartime verse: "Recall Roster" in WAR, LITERATURE & THE ARTS, and a piece accompanying Wyeth's poem "Fromereville War in Heaven" in DARK HORSES: POETS ON OVERLOOKED POEMS, edited by Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer (U of Illinois Press, 2007). On this Memorial Day 2012, it's good for all of us to read or re-read Wyeth's work. Also, I urge you to read or re-read Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" for another take on WWI, and Randall Jarrell's "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" and W. H. Auden's "September 1, 1939," for equally impressive responses to WWII.

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