Dead or Alive: W.D. Ehrhart on War and Peace

September 1st, 2012

By Jan Barry We are the ones you sent to fight a war You didn’t know a thing about. Those of us who lived Have tried to tell you what went wrong… (from “A Relative Thing”) The expanding bookshelf of works by W.D. Ehrhart—20 books, at last count—started with a ticked off Marine who barely […]


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Combat Paper: On the Cutting Edge

August 5th, 2012

By Jan Barry Tina and Joe Drakulich are still haunted by the mural their son David painted during leave before returning to war. David’s painting of a sunset-glowing mountainside city rising amid a meadow filled with black crosses conveyed a stark premonition that he would not be coming home from his third combat deployment. The […]


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Steve Mason: Writing His Way Home

June 8th, 2012

By Jan Barry When he died at age 65 in May 2005, Steve Mason’s obituary appeared in newspapers across America. Virtually all of them noted that Mason was “the poet laureate of the Vietnam Veterans of America whose searching blank verse was read at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.” That […]


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Healing from War 2012

May 17th, 2012

By Jan Barry About 100 people turned out for a Saturday night event in April that offered no booze, dancing, live music or political speeches. The attraction was a display of art created from military uniforms and war memories. The event—called Healing from War Through the Arts, at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ—featured […]


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A Muse’s Art

February 14th, 2012

By Jan Barry Poets and artists since ancient times have fervently cited or called upon a female Muse for inspiration. Seldom did the Muse speak for herself. This thought arose as I read and reread a privately printed chapbook of poetry by Lovella Calica, the founder and director of Warrior Writers, a notably inspiring creative […]


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