Editors have recently redesigned a website that features reviews and essays regarding war poetry, as well as both new and previously published poems centered on themes of conflict. Submissions are open and on-going.
Established in late 2012 by U.S. Army veteran and author Stephen Sossaman, the Poets and War website has been recently redesigned and streamlined. Sossaman is a former professor of English at Westfield State University, Massachusetts. He now resides in California.
Currently featured on the website are:
- Book and film reviews about war, war poetry, and the military;
- New and previously published war poems written by military veterans, service members, and civilians;
- Articles, essays and notes about war poetry.
"Our only criteria for publishing a poem are its merits as a poem," the editors write on the site's new submissions page. "Our only criteria for publishing prose—comments, reviews, brief notes and articles—will be relevance to our topic, adherence to the fundamentals of polite civic and literary discourse, and inherent interest. Any political point of view is welcome."
The website's stated mission is "to publish the best available poetry about war and about human experiences central to war—without regard to the poets’ politics, nationality, gender, or professional status—and to facilitate discussions about the historical and contemporary relationships between poetry and war. […]" Editors continue:
Poets in contemporary societies suffering through war (or war-like conditions, including police state tyranny, ethnic and ideological conflict, and civil unrest) tend to write frequently and often urgently about those experiences. Poetry matters to the oppressed more than to people who feel free, well fed, and far from war.
The United States is in effect now in a continual state of war, and some of our poets know it, even if most citizens seem happily unaware.
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