- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: Xenos Books; y First printing edition (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879378299
- ISBN-13: 978-1879378292
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,717,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sevastopol: On Photographs of War y First printing Edition
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"William Allen's book of poems, based on photographs of war and its aftermath, is a book of profound conscience. It conveys deep understanding of the inhumane folly of war and its useless, needless sufferings in vivid language which augments stark visual imagery. Sevastopol is the work of an outraged heart wrought with emotive power--an important book" -- Daniela Gioseffi, author of Women and War
18 October 1977
At The Nursery Of A Locomotive Parts Plant Near Beijing
Baby Milk Plant
Brule Village, Wounded Knee
Burial At Sea
Ceausescu's Poet Laureate
Collaborateurs, St. Tropez
Dead German Ss Prison Guard
Destroyed Flying Fortress (photographer Unknown)
The Dunker Church, Antietam
Early Morning Calisthenics
Fight To The Death
Firing Range, Atlacatl
Grief, Kerch, 1942
Impression Made In The Ground At Billericay, By...
In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death
Joe Louis In Italy, 1944
July Troubles In Petrograd
The March To Calumny
On North Brother Island, Half-crazed Survivors Of The Wreck
Park Suicides, Vienna
Photographer Photographing A Dead Horse
Place In The Sun Of The Son Of Henry Clay
Portrait Of An Italian Soldier
Reise In Die Vergangenheit
Riprende La Vita
Santo Domingo, Kilometro Ocho, Republica Dominicana
Tent City, Homeless Shelter, Hoovervilles
Three Pike Street
Tule Lake Lava Beds, The Modoc Wars
Volleyball, Manzanar, Sierras
War Of The Worlds
Williams Dreamland Theater
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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This could be Samothrace, 1440 B.C.E. This could be Thebes, Yoknapatawpha, Mogadishu, Mars tomorrow. The space between the bird and girl is four and none and seven. Exactly palimpsest for nurses, argonauts, entrepreneurs-- the perimeter of sky, of what we can do if we try, of what we might do were we listening to the Congo bleed blue across the waste a salt sea feeds into islets. When the scavenger's beak into the center of civilizing soul, for mothers who run with curs and bitches, hissing babies back through doors to birth. Womb- rot stories from idiot-savants like us with sunsick overblown concern with craft, come car polish, shoe creme, Pulitzer prize and Chinese watercress-- shoot a can of Kodak, then go suck a muffler. Where will the water come from to feed the fish who've slipped into this ivied sepulchre of city? So we spin a nerve-root towards the reptile gut that sanctions each respite speck of truth, each solace gleaned a promise of wheatstraw grain for those who work in charity, folksong, litany and prayer. I sacrifice the origin of all ideals on Earth to give this girl a drink.
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I feel just horrible about it.
But, really, deep down, I found this book...uhh, well...this is so embarassing...
This book is FUN. It's sort of a dark example of a creative exercise...take various pictures from wars through photographic history and write a poem about how that picture makes you feel. Sometimes they're raw, sometimes they're tedious, but the entire exercise is interesting...and, I hate to sound like so damned callous, but...it's FUN.