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War On War

Jaeger
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Lowell Jaeger has taught creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College for the past 30 years. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. In 2010, Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor's Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.


“Here is a rich example of the American voice come to body during the Viet Nam War. Lowell Jaeger's good book records a personal odyssey from that time, a poetry not lost to words but born of witness, reports from the front nurtured in the rich, observant common sense of feeling. Here is strong, considered testimony from the boy, the soldier and the veteran of a period—an Age?—that still tests the American conscience. And something additional: War on War—the title is what and what-for. We are indicted by experience, and this is its honest language.”
—Marvin Bell

“Lowell Jaeger has documented our time…He has gone inside the feelings and thoughts that mark our part of the century. He makes me realize how serious and focused—and engaged— poetry can be.”
—William Stafford

“Lowell Jaeger's poems are testimony to many aspects of war, of the Vietnam War specifically; they bring before us victims and executioners of several kinds, and reveal how enmeshed within individuals those roles can be. ‘Some wounds,’ he writes, ‘need be/reopened/before they heal and where the living/will not speak, the dead cannot/keep still.’

War on War does speak, in vivid and compelling ways which indeed will help in that reopening, that so necessary sense of history without which we have no hope of avoiding the repetition of grievous moral error.”
—Denise Levertov

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