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In this Picture Poetry collection, journey with the AIF, the ANZACS and the German and French armies at war on the Western Front during the Great War of 1914 – 1918.
Have your photo taken in a studio in Cairo, and your heart broken on a small street in Ballarat.
The bombs are falling in an endless fusillade of artillery fire from both sides of the conflict, turning the Somme into a clagging stew of slurried mud and maddened men.
Frank Prem has taken images of men at war and created verse stories to accompany them and to tell you that this war is hell.
Welcome. Welcome to the Somme.Amazon.com
Frank Prem takes his poetry to new heights in this thoughtful poetry/picture book inspired by a photograph used as the cover for a World War I history book titled, The Great War, and written by an Australian journalist, Les Carlyon. He shares how that one image deeply affected him and set him on a search through hundreds of images archived online in War Memorial Museums and State and National Libraries.
Frank Prem is known for his image inspired poetry, and this book was an emotional read. I could tell he responded to the images viscerally by the tone of his poetry. Each image told its own story to Frank, and he wrote from the heart.
This author writes freestyle poetry that mimics syllabic poetry in its brevity of words. Like the photos, his words are stark reminders of the horrors of war told from an Australian perspective. I wondered if he channeled the ghosts of those forever enshrined in those historical photographs. Sometimes it seemed as if they’d whispered their stories to him because his poetry seemed to capture their souls.
Many thanks to the author for providing me a PDF copy of this book. The photographs and the poetry moved me deeply. If you’re a collector of World War I memorabilia, this book would make a handsome addition to your collection.
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