Pam Bernard recommends The Battlefield Guide by Rodger Martin (Hobblebush Books).
"As I wrote my book on the Great War, I grew to better understand how the Civil War shaped our consciousness as a people, and how the deep wound it left is felt still. Through exquisite detail and powerful writing, Rodger brings that wound into the realm of art, making the unbearable into that which we can absorb. This is the task of poetry. I recommend this book to anyone who loves good writing, and those who are keen to know more about our cultural and historical heritage." --Pam Bernard
Pam Bernard has published three collections of poetry, the latest of which is a series of narratives about the Great War titled Blood Garden: An Eleby for Raymond. Her fourth, a book-length poem titled Esther, will be published by CavanKerry Press. She lives in Walpole, NH and teaches creative writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Franklin Pierce University.
This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2013 for which I asked New Hampshire poets and booksellers to recommend books of poetry by Granite State poets. These titles are generally available from local booksellers and may be held in public libraries as well.