Rachel Bentham is a teacher, poet and novelist from Bristol, England. Her work is published widely in the small press. Her stories and dramas are often broadcast on the BBC.
War—the concise version
contention between people
this is how we begin
the “art of war”
- it’s certainly not a science, is it?
but doesn’t art create?
strategy and tactics
been in the wars?
war crime that which violates
international laws of war...
as if laws are effective
war of attrition
war of nerves
war weary, just hearing the words.
Mars’ bloodshot gaze
considers the ‘peace’ –
more soldiers killed
than during the war.
- What are the contentions in today’s world?
- What do you think Bentham means by the title of her poem, War—the concise version?
- In your thinking, what is the difference between the “art of war” and the “science of war?” Is one better than the other? If so, how?
- Bentham speaks of war crime in her poem. How might war generally be considered a crime? What are some of the international laws of war? Historically and in today’s wars how have these laws been violated?
- Explain each of the words Bentham uses that follow the word “war.”
- How are you a victim of being “war weary?”
- In “News from Iraq,” what is meant by “Mars’ bloodshot gaze?”
- What is the contradiction in News from Iraq?