Remember Babi Yar – ‘Art Destroys Silence’

‘Babi Yar’ -Yevgeny Yevtushenko (born 1933) People knew about Babi Yar before Yevtushenko’s poem, but they were silent. And when they read the poem, the silence was broken. Art destroys silence. ‘Testimony-The Memoirs of Dimitri Shostakovich,’ ( edited by Solomon Volkov) ,1979. During the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Babi Yar, a ravine by …

Sassoon re-appraised by World War 2 Serving Poets

‘Silent Service’-Siegfried Sassoon Now, mulltifold, let Britain’s patient power Be proven within us for the world to see, None are exempt from service in this hour: And vanquished in ourselves we dare not be. Now, for a sunlit future, we can show The clenched resolved endurance that defies Daemons in dark,-and toward that future go …

‘Voices of Silence’ – Vivien Noakes /The Poetry of J. L. Crommelin Brown

Greetings to readers of this blog in many countries, interest always appreciated. A companion blog to this one is World War 2 Poetry Blog ‘Voices of Silence- The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry’ (2006) edited by Vivien Noakes was a landmark attempt to deliberately move away from the more established poets. In her own …

Vernon Scannell -The neglected Prose and The Walking Wounded

Vernon Scannell deserves the title of ‘War Poet’ (1922- 2007) . Saw active service in North Africa and in the D Day campaign. He was what was euphemistically called a ‘serial absconder’ , i.e a deserter, who served time in a military prison, and spent several years on the run when World War 2. His …

Alan Ross, Murmansk and ‘Leaves in the Storm’

Murmansk and Leaves in the Storm First of all,  greetings to all the new visitors to this blog. Delighted to see individuals logging in from different countries, with a particular high number from both Russia and the USA. Secondly, can now be followed on Twitter : MichaelBully ‏@waratseapoetry1  Finally, please remember the ‘War at Sea Poetry’   Main …