Tuesday, July 23, 2013

News at Eleven: There is something about the experience of war,

[Jane] Varley said, that draws people to art.

"Art is an endeavor to try to make sense of chaos," she said, "and in the case of Hugh Martin, to make poetry is not a reaction to war but a present-tense, proactive, ongoing effort to find what is beneath the surface of our lives."

In the forward of The Stick Soldiers, Cornelius Eady wrote: "Here's eleven months worth of sawdust, sweat, dear reader. Somehow, Hugh Martin has wrung poetry from a scab, and now, the full shock and beauty and mystery of the things of war that won't let go will stick to you."

from Akron Beacon Journal: Iraq veteran Hugh Martin of Macedonia is nationally recognized poet


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