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eBook War songs: Metaphors in clay and poetry from the Vietnam experience epub
  • ISBN: 1888033002
  • Author: Grady Harp
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Lizard/Harp; 1st edition (1995)
  • ePUB size: 1946 kb
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WAR SONGS is a collection of poems written by Dr Grady Harp while serving as a Battalion Surgeon with the USMC in Vietnam 1968-69.

WAR SONGS is a collection of poems written by Dr Grady Harp while serving as a Battalion Surgeon with the USMC in Vietnam 1968-69. Some 25 years after the poems were written Harp collaborated with clay artist Stephen Freedman to make the written poems visual in the form of sculpted.

Grady Harp has eloquently exposed his own personal war and its aftermath in these short and stark depictions of fragments of his Vietnam experience. I find it difficult to view them in a literary fashion - they are too personal and to sharply defined to warrant mere literary praise. They need to be read over and over and visualized within the context of the time and place and people.

War Songs: Metaphors In Clay And Poetry From The Vietnam Experience.

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Literature Poetry Daily Expressions Songs Films Famous Quotations . Metaphor examples in five mediums - and counting 12. But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. 13. He could hear Beatty's voice. Extended metaphors in particular explore and advance major themes in poems: 29. All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. Thinking is always the stumbling stone to poetry. A great singer is he who sings our silences. How can you sing if your mouth be filled with food?

Grady Harp is a recognized as a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art . From 1996 - 1998 his collaborative exhibition, WAR SONGS: Metaphors in Clay and Poetry from the Vietnam Experience toured the United States.

From 1996 - 1998 his collaborative exhibition, WAR SONGS: Metaphors in Clay and Poetry from the Vietnam Experience toured the United States.

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WAR SONGS is a collection of poems written by Dr Grady Harp while serving as a Battalion Surgeon with the USMC in Vietnam 1968-69. Some 25 years after the poems were written Harp collaborated with clay artist Stephen Freedman to make the written poems visual in the form of sculpted, metaphorical clay vessels. This book is a catalogue which traveled with that exhibition.
Comments: (7)
Brakree
Stunningly spare and eloquent, War Songs is the collaboration of Grady Harp and Stephen Freedman using both clay and words to illustrate the horror that is war. Grady Harp presents a unique perspective, he is a doctor trying to repair the damage war wreaks on humanity. Each poem is a quiet cry of pain, the senselessness of a lost cause. Finding camaraderie or even deep friendship is futile, the random hand of Ares can snatch a young life before it had a chance to live. It's as bleak as it is hopeless, the haunting words painting a vivid picture of destruction and wastefulness, "that night after waving goodbye from the helicopter I sat and chuckled over your jokes while they killed you."
War changes people, the carnage wears away our humanity, desensitizing the brain for survival, "we could stack the bodies on the truck trying to look detached."
There are simple pleasures, a beer shared for breakfast, a highlight when the killings cease due to a monsoon or a laugh at the expense of a local dog named "Goddam" are all eventual victims of the enemy, small respites that are destroyed on the whim and vagaries of war. Nothing is safe. Particularly poignant is a soldier's frantic shock at being hit, or the desperate ploy to keep a soldier believing his friend still lived. "Bob" of the unfinished conversation, his abbreviated life cut short we learn that "talk is cheap," and so it seems that war makes life cheap as well.
War Songs does not end when the fighting stops. The melody of pain lives on with the survivors, scarring generation after generation, that for some never heals. We need poetry like this. It doesn't glorify war, it leaves a lasting monument of its brutal reality. Coupled with Freedman's ceramic memorials, it is a reminder of its victims.
Rishason
“War Songs” is among the most powerful collaborations of art I have ever encountered. A collaborative effort between an extremely talented poet and an artist in clay, it casts a remarkably clear-eyed depiction (both literal and symbolic) of war, from the deeply personal Vietnam experience of a Battalion Surgeon, Grady Harp, and subsequent physical interpretation in clay by Stephen Freedman. I have always believed there are two kinds of people in the world: those who have experienced war and those who haven’t - be it as a soldier, a damaged family, trapped civilian, or refugee. It seems to me that life changes forever for the war exposed, though this is only an ignorant judgment made passively, for I have had the good fortune of missing these horrors. It is likely difficult for many to understand the unique emotional burden of the battle surgeon. Yet perhaps it was most eloquently stated by one of America’s most honored, multiply wounded, and battle worn generals in history, U. S. Grant, describing a different grotesque war and his personal experience with a battlefield hospital: “Some time after midnight, growing restive under the storm and the continuous pain, I moved back to the log-house under the bank. This had been taken as a hospital, and all night wounded men were being brought in, their wounds dressed, a leg or an arm amputated as the case might require, and everything being done to save life or alleviate suffering. The sight was more unendurable than encountering the enemy’s fire, and I returned to my tree in the rain.”

Yes, the horrors of war are myriad for all its victims. Grady Harp has eloquently exposed his own personal war and its aftermath in these short and stark depictions of fragments of his Vietnam experience. I find it difficult to view them in a literary fashion - they are too personal and to sharply defined to warrant mere literary praise. They need to be read over and over and visualized within the context of the time and place and people. This is a universal ode to the insanity of war expressed by one fine writer and should be read by anyone trying to understand that which likely cannot be fully understood by the non-experienced. But this short book is more than worth the effort. Mr. Freedman’s clay interpretations are a stark complement to the poetic imagery.
Soustil
Grady Harp is one of Amazon's most valuable assets. I happened upon so many thoughtful, helpful, even inspiring reviews of his, I thought- surely he's a writer himself- and found this. As a young physician Dr. Harp was transported to the bloody battlefields of Viet Nam. He transposed his experiences- the horror, the depths of relationships potent in their immediacy and precariousness, into spare poems. Harp captures the fragility of life and love with just a few strokes of his vivid pen.

Trauma and its survival are issues that have resonated in my personal and professional life. Margaret Mitchell once said that a major impetus to her writing was the desire to explore what characterized people who survive trauma from those who don't. Similarly Ernest Hemingway said something like "Life breaks us all. After, some people are strong in the broken places." (Ironically, he wasn't one of the strong ones- he committed suicide).

In War Songs we have the living, breathing testimony of someone who emerged bloody and bowed, but whole, and went on to distinguish himself in myriad ways, to grace us with his personhood. The book memorializes a moment in time through the eyes of a poet, an artist. It's brief, but dense with meaning, profound, existential in the truest sense of the word- no philosophical treatise but an account in words and images of the counterbalance between the horrors of war and the preciousness of life. I cried while reading and many of the words and images have insinuated themselves into my heart of hearts. UNIQUE, a gift. Wonderful.
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