Video Shorts from Voices in Wartime

The Voices in Wartime documentary was released in 2005 as a feature film based on interviews and poetry from a wide variety of people from around the world: soldiers and civilians, journalists, historians and experts on combat. The videos on this page are excerpts from the film.

Nigerian poet and novelist reads and discusses his poetry inspired by his childhood experiences and memories of an African war.

Boston poet and Vietnam veteran reads his poetry and talks about the death of friends, combat trauma, nightmares and memories, and how the experience of war changes people forever.

"Poem #639" - written by a germinal American poet as a reflection on war during the US Civil War. "My Portion is Defeat—today—A paler luck than Victory..."

Enheduanna was an ancient Sumerian priestess, the first scribe to write her poetry in the first person, from a part of the world now known as Iraq. Tennyson is often regarded as the chief representative of the British Victorian age in poetry. His famous "Charge of the Light Brigade" celebrates the bravery of British soldiers during the Crimean War. (Narration by Emily Warn and John Stallworthy.)

A longtime New York Times war correspondent talks about the glorification of death. Hedges covered conflicts in places such as El Salvador, the Balkans, and the Persian Gulf. He shared a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism.

A longtime New York Times war correspondent talks about the glorification of death. Hedges covered conflicts in places such as El Salvador, the Balkans, and the Persian Gulf. He shared a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism.

A longtime New York Times war correspondent talks about the glorification of death. Hedges covered conflicts in places such as El Salvador, the Balkans, and the Persian Gulf. He shared a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism.

From the film "Voices in Wartime," renowned poet Marilyn Nelson reads an unrhymed peace sonnet, and veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges dicusses how wars begin. US Presidents Franklin D. Rooselvelt, L.B. Johnson, and George W. Bush launch wars.

Poem "Expendable" by African American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. Hughes is known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance.

Footage with commentary by Paul Mysliwiec, a US soldier; Todd Swift, a poet; and Craig White, a journalist. George W. Bush announces the invasion.

From the film "Voices in Wartime," West Point Superintendent and General William Lennox plus Army Lieutenant Paul Mysliwiec talk about how poetry can help soldiers understand the human experience and trauma of combat.

Hale describes herself as "an ordinary person from an ordinary place." She formerly lived in Houston, Texas, where she wrote "Poem for an Iraqi Child in a Forgotten News Clip."

From the film Voices in Wartime, a 2003 history of the global outcry of over 13,000 poets against the impending invasion of Iraq by the US, featuring Sam Hamill, Emily Warn, Todd Swift, and others.

Bentham is a poet and novelist from Bristol, England, widely published in the small press. Her stories and dramas are often broadcast on the BBC. Here, she delivers "News from Iraq," and "War."

Chatterji delivers her poem "Easy." Born in Africa, she is award-winning poet and short-story writer. Her work has appeared in Poetry India: Millennium Voices and 100 Poets Against the War, among others. She lives in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

From the film "Voices in Wartime." Poets in World War 1, including Siegfried Sassoon, who served as a soldier in the British Army during the First World War. Known for his bravery in battle, he was a friend and mentor to fellow poet Wilfred Owen. (Narration: John Stallworthy, Todd Swift, Dominic Hibberd, William Lennox.)

How the nuclear bomb, used first at Hiroshima,forever changed the nature of war. Schell is the Nation's peace and disarmament correspondent, and the author of The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People and The Fate of the Earth.

Shay on the grief of soldiers. Shay is psychiatrist for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston, Shay treats combat veterans with severe psychological injuries and is the author of "Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character," and "Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming."

Antoon's poetry and commentary on war. An Iraqi poet, novelist, filmmaker and translator, published a collection of poems Mawshur Muballal bil-Huroob (A Prism; Wet with War) and a novel, I`jam.

From the film Voices in Wartime, commentary on the realistic savagery and trauma recounted in the Iliad. Stallworthy is a well-known expert on war poetry at the University of Oxford and author of a biography of Wilfred Owen and editor of The Oxford Book of War Poetry.

Villamil presents her poem "Pedro," about her brother's death in the cicil war. Villamil is a Colombian poet, editor and translator. International Poetry Award "Gastón Baquero 2001" with her book Los Acantilados del Sueño.

Warn presents her poem "California Poppy," about losing her father. Warn is a poet, teacher, and activist; author of The Novice Insomniac and three other collections of poetry; co-founder of Poets Against the War.

Garrison Keillor reads Whitman's poem "The Cavalryman," written while Whitman served as a nurse during the US Civil War. John Stallworthy comments on the poem.

Story of the emblematic soldier poet and British Army officer during the First World War, killed in action a week before the Armistice in 1918.

Williams is a hip-hop poet-preacher-actor-rapper-singer-musici an "hyphen-artist extraordinare" from Los Angeles. Miller was an American playwright and essayist, a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years. Performers/participants at Poets Against the War event, Lincoln Center, February 2003.