The first of August nineteen-fourteen saw the beginning of the war that was to end all wars and which, instead, ushered in a century of armed conflicts, two of them described as global. This anthology’s title is borrowed from Andrew Marvell’s ‘Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’, in which he deprecates ‘the inglorious arts of peace’. With this gathering of newly composed poems, and against that grain, this anthology looks to celebrate all that is left behind in times of conflict and which conflict is so often evoked to defend.
In this spirit, Adrian Blamires and Peter Robinson have edited a collection of poems that address peace and war from an unusually varied range of angles. The more than fifty contributors include Fleur Adcock, Robyn Bolam, Vahni Capildeo, Fred D’Aguiar, Gerald Dawe, Jane Draycott, Elaine Feinstein, Roy Fisher, Debora Greger, Philip Gross, Angela Leighton, William Logan, Allison McVety, Bill Manhire, John Matthias, Anthony Rudolf, Carol Rumens, Elizabeth Smither and Gregory Woods.
Editors: Adrian Blamires & Peter Robinson
Published with the English Association
About the editors:
Adrian Blamires teaches Creative Writing at the University of Reading, where he is also working on a PhD in Renaissance drama. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Effect of Coastal Processes (2005) and The Pang Valley (2010), both from Two Rivers Press.
Peter Robinson is the author of many books of poetry, translations, aphorisms, short fiction and literary criticism, and has been the recipient of the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His most recent publications include Foreigners, Drunks and Babies: Eleven Stories (Two Rivers Press), a chapbook of poems, Like the Living End (Worple Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, which he edited. He is Head of the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading and literary editor of Two Rivers Press.
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