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I don’t think it’s a debate when readers who like Aberjhani’s poetry say his best writing about war is the poem “Angel of Mercy” and the ones who prefer his prose say it’s the essay “February 15, 2003: The History That Peace Made.” I think that discussion is about people who like poetry more than they do prose and vices versus verses. My confession is I had to read “The History that Peace Made” twice before liking it as much as I do now but then when I got it, I got it all and now it’s one of my favorite pieces by him or anybody talking about war. Evidently it’s also kind’a underground-ish in some circles which I don’t get. War seems to be one of those subjects that make his pen boil over intense-like. So here it goes…

–mindsurfer25

“The cause of war is preparation for war,” said the great historian and sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois nearly a century ago. Du Bois might easily have added that war also stems in too large a measure from humanity’s glamorization, institutionalization, and marketing of delight taken in violence.”
–from The American Poet Who Went Home Again (February 15, 2003: The History That Peace Made)

“I tell you this with sincerity––we can type obituaries all day long or we can pluck nipples like guitars and make the kind of music that life sings best.”
— from The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009 (A Short Proposal on Alternative Obsessions)

“Another question: what best defines victory in a world where men and women wage war much more brutally and effectively against other men and women than they do against the failings of their own character?”
–from The American Poet Who Went Home Again (February 15, 2003: The History That Peace Made)

“War poisons the land
like diseased minds downloaded
into bowls of tears.”
— from The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009 (Angel of Hope’s Persistent Flight)


“War compresses the most definitive and passionate elements of life into unsurpassable irresistible drama by placing it within the sounds and motions of death.”
–from The American Poet Who Went Home Again (Feb 15, 2003: The History That Peace Made)

“A halo of ice
drips the chilling truth––of this
horror mankind does.”
–from The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009 (Angel of War)

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Child victim in Gaza, Israeli bombing. (Getty Images photo by Fadi Adwan)

“No matter the angle fro which he [W.E.B. Du Bois] might examine it, war came to one brutal paradox: a quest for peace and harmony in he name of mass murder.”

–from The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois (War and Revolution)

“Chaos, loving none
so much as itself, slurps and
spits dead souls like bones.”
–from The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009 (Angel of Hope’s Persistent Flight)



“Neither Hollywood nor Broadway nor the ablest pen of the ablest writer can match the raw seductive power of martyrdom in the name of a quest for justice. And where neither love nor courage nor quests for justice abound, few things are more thrilling than the orgiastic anarchy permitted by life battling death in the war zone.”
–from The American Poet who Went Home Again (Feb 15, 2003: the History That Peace Made)

“Gobbler of prophets
and history’s excrement,
must you never rest?”
–from The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009 (Angel of War)

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