Voices in Wartime began in 2004 as a feature-length documentary that sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets – unknown and world-famous. Soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat interviewed in Voices in Wartime add diverse perspectives on war’s effects on soldiers, civilians and society. In Voices in Wartime, poets around the world, from the United States and Colombia to Britain and Nigeria to Iraq and India, share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul.
A twenty minute documentary film, Beyond Wartime, is composed of a set of interviews with people who are working to heal the wounds of war. These interviews explore the questions raised by the film Voices in Wartime:
- What can we do to heal the physical and psychological wounds of returning combat vets, and to reintegrate them into our communities?
- How can we heal the damage done to civilians and civil society in places like Iraq and Afghanistan?
31 Poems from the Voices in Wartime Anthology and the feature-length film. Includes poems read by their authors from around the world from Iraq to London, Baghdad to Seattle, as well as poems from the past by poets such as Wilfred Owens, Alan Seeger, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes.
by Leroy Twist. Publication date: October, 2011.
In “Footwashing Sunday on the Sipsey River,” Harry Winslow, an elder of the Willows Bend Primitive Baptist Church, finds his faith shaken in the wake of his son's murder at the hands of a New Jersey State Trooper. In “Missing the Mighty Mites,” a small boy experiences the gulf between his desire for belonging and an unattainable baseball cap. In “On the Death of My Father,” a grown man struggles to love a father who had been damaged by the missing love in his own life.