You Betray Us
This is a strange post for me to write, because I have a feeling that this is not the place to be waxing poetic (HA!) about either side of the issue, but at the same time it feels completely disingenuous to ignore what is so clearly an important issue in the lives of the first three featured poets on this blog.
I started noticing this pattern in the work of many poets after Jason B. Jones' fantastic post about anti-war poets on Bookslut, or perhaps more accurately a post about the lack of pro-war poets, and I've seen reference to the idea so much since 2003 that I am beginning to suspect it's becoming a meme. As Jason asks in his post, is there a Rupert Brooke of today (God help us all)?
I think this is an interesting question, partly because Paley, Bidart, and Komunyakaa were all placed this closely together on the blog largely through chance, which is doubtlessly making any common theme amongst them appear to be the hand of fate. What do you all think--is anti-war verse something that poets are writing about more often nowadays, or is it the same as it ever was?