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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Of wars, wars, wars ...

It occurs to me that Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares -- an anti-war poem written in 1970, on what the poet calls his "sixteen-thousandth night of war and madness" -- is especially relevant to our own historical moment ... as Veterans Day 2005 passes and we recognize the death of the 2000th American soldier in Iraq, as the monthly body counts only continue to rise, and the way we got into this war becomes as uncertain as the way we're going to get out of it. Sound familiar? War and madness, indeed.

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