The War Poets Association promotes interest in the work, life and historical context of poets whose subject is the experience of war. It is interested in war poets of all periods and nationalities, with a primary focus on conflicts since 1914 – mainly the First World War, Spanish War 1936-39, Second World War and Ireland. There are already many societies dedicated to individual war poets; one of the WPA’s aims is to work with these and others to help promote joint activities and events of mutual interest.
War Poetry Review 2017-2018
This new issue of the journal was published in December 2017 and is available in print to members of the WPA. Please join the Association or renew your subscription to receive your printed copy. Click on the cover image here to read the list of contents. An online version is available via the password-controlled War Poetry Review page, here. Details about the journal and how to subscribe are also available on this page.
Subscription Renewal 2017 – 2018
We are updating our records and reminding annual members that the annual WPA subscription for 2017-2018 fell due on 11th November 2017. We hope very much that you will renew your subscription and continue to support the WPA. Please would those of you other than (i) life members, (ii) those who pay by a current standing order and (iii) those who have joined as members and have paid a subscription since January 2017 arrange now to renew your subscriptions? The membership rates remain the same: annual membership £15 with concessions for students and seniors of £10, life membership £150, concessions £100. To pay a subscription or see the alternative payment methods please click here.
We regularly update our records and we are aware a number of members have moved and changed their address. To keep in touch, and also as the next issue of the War Poetry Review will be issued soon, it would be most helpful if you would confirm both your postal and your email address, and if you have a current standing order in favour of WPA confirm this too. If you have paid a subscription since January 2017 you should please renew your WPA subscription in November 2018.
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David Worthington, Chairman, WPA
Jon Stallworthy, 18 January 1935 – 19 November 2014: An Obituary
by Fran Brearton
The death of Jon Stallworthy has saddened all who knew him, and all who knew his work. His numerous books – his acclaimed biography of Owen, his edition of Owen’s Complete Poems and Fragments, his study Between the Lines: Yeats’s Poetry in the Making, or, most recently, his New Oxford Book of War Poetry – both set the standard for the scholarly criticism and editing of war poetry, and brought countless readers to a deeper appreciation of the work of some of the century’s finest writers. More than anyone else in the last fifty years, he has shaped and enabled our understanding of the poetry written across two world wars. He tirelessly promoted the work of others – as editor, as critic, and as friend. Yet he was also a gifted poet himself, a poet of both love and war. This is from his 2009 sequence ‘War Poet’:
Without you, I am learning
about death. It cannot be true
that you – you – you –
and my numbness turning
to anger. But however slow
the fire, however deep the seam,
it will burn out, they say, in time.
In time for what? Forgiveness? No.
Acceptance? How should I resign
Myself to knowing that you lie
Under another sky
In other arms than mine?
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