“Stoker-winning authors Alessandro Manzetti and Marge Simon teamed up to produce this searing volume of dark poetry written in the blood of history’s battles. With an unflinching eye that merges the lyrical and the unspeakable, the poets lead the reader into the depravity and carnage of humankind’s endless wars, from a Vietnamese prostitute seeking razor-studded revenge to an Iraqui girl running home with her mother’s head under her arm. Not for the faint-hearted, WAR is both unforgettable and, at times, shockingly beautiful.”—Lucy Taylor
“Absolutely Loved the collection! The poetry brought tears to my eyes, made me furious, made me sad, made me feel hopeful for our futures. A very emotionally-moving collaborative collection! Words begin wars; words end them. War is horror incarnate, the utter destruction of humanity. Marge Simon and Alessandro Manzetti, two of the most brilliant poets and fiction writers working today, have collaborated on a collection simply titled War (one of the shortest yet most powerful of words), exploring centuries of a battle-scarred and -scared world. War is history versed through poetry, a beautifully-horrific dissection of humanity.”—Michael Bailey, author of Palindrome Hannah, Phoenix Rose, and Psychotropic Dragon
“This powerful collection by two masterful poets has an equally strong title in three simple letters and Stefano Cardoselli’s amazing interior art. The human need to dominant makes ghosts of the victims, survivors, and victors; all stuck in a perpetual march towards endless battles. No country or time, no one from unborn to elderly is spared; spanning conflicts from 1520 to the future, each graceful poem pulled deep at my heart.”—Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of 'How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend' and HWA Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Look in my eyes. My bronze skin reflects the flames of the battles.
I feed on bullets and shrapnel.
I have trenches instead of veins and a bombardier’s whirring plays my favorite symphony inside my big head. This is my story, with some of my best camouflages and disguises, and you should expect your peace plans to fail. Because that's what I do for living.
Look at my million golden teeth necklace. Ring any bells? Maybe you’re too young. I probably should have mentioned the fireworks over the Baghdad night sky, my new friend, or the live broadcast of two great skyscrapers disintegrating. You know what I'm talking about, right? So, you can call me by one of my many names: Great General, Lock-box of the Powerful, Red Rain, Lord of Steel or, more simply, WAR.
I appear as strife of many kinds, from Stalingrad to Scotland. Africa to Afghanistan, the civil war of Italy and the War Between the States, ghostly wars, drug wars, the battle of the sexes, World Wars I, II and visions of a holocaust yet to come. It’s all herein and more, with poems both collaborative and individual.
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