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Two popular and long-established collections of  war poetry of the
First World War

Minds at War
A comprehensive
anthology of poetry of the First World War. All the greatest war poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon and war poems of over 70 other notable poets. All set in the context of the poets' lives and historical records. With historic photographs and cartoons.  Edited by David Roberts.
 400 pages £15-99 (UK)



Out in the Dark
Anthology of
First World War poetry recommended for students and the general reader.
19 poems by
Wilfred Owen
, 27 by Siegfried Sassoon and over 90 more war poems by 45 significant poets including women writers. Contextual information and basic notes on many poems. Illustrated.  Edited by David Roberts.
185 pages - £10-99 (UK)



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Poetry from the Falklands War of 1982  -  About the book, the contributors, the background


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Falklands War Poetry Anthology

The Falklands War 1982 and the Falklands Today

Falklands War Poetry Anthology  
  About the book  
Falkland Islands Contributors to the book
  British Contributors to the book  
Argentine Contributors to the book
How to purchase the Falklands War Poetry anthology
  Introduction (extract) from Falklands War Poetry  
  Contents of Falklands War Poetry  
  The Great Falklands Gamble Revealed – TV programme with Bernie Bruen  
  Guardian interview with Tony McNally  
  The Falkland Islands are now prospering - Washington Post article.  
  Morrissey tells Argentines "The Falklands are yours"  
  Links. Help and advice for servicemen etc  
  Acknowledgements - thank you to those who have helped with this book  

Falklands War Poetry Anthology

Published by Saxon Books, hardback, £14-99.

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Poets from Britain, Argentina and the Falklands

A vivid testament to the courage, character and suffering of British servicemen

(A version of this book in Spanish is now available in Argentina.)

Falklands War Poetry

The thirtieth anniversary of the war - Voices from the heart of the action

What poetry can do is give clear and moving insight into the varied human experiences of war.

Here, men who were at the heart of the action in this short but, at times, terrifying and very significant war, tell their stories and reveal what has happened to them as a consequence of their war experiences. But more than this . . .

A wide-ranging war poetry book

Exceptionally, for a war poetry book, Falklands War Poetry looks at the war from four sides.

The stories told in these poems are fascinating and moving. The opinions offer important insights into contrasting cultures which may hopefully lead to better mutual understanding.

Edited in the UK by David Roberts, with help from Sue Littleton in Buenos Aires.

Yahoo! News praises Falklands War Poetry. "Poets from Britain, Argentina and the Falklands give a fascinating insight into the conflict." - Simon Garner, Yahoo! News. Click to read article.

The Falklands war of 1982 appeared to be one of the shortest wars in modern times. Unfortunately, problems were created and problems remain. In the spring of 2012 Argentina is once again making vociferous claims that it has a right to control the Falkland Islands - as the banners below show.

Falklands are Ours

Banners seen in Buenos Aires, March 2012 .
The top banner reads "The Falklands are Argentinas and always will be"

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About the contributors to the book

Falkland Islands

Ben Lovett  was born in August 1979 at Osnabruck Army Barracks,  Germany. He is the history teacher at the Falkland Islands Community School. He lives in the Falkland Islands with his wife and two children (2012). His father, who was a medic with 3 Para, was killed in action on 12 June 1982 on Mount Longdon on East Falkland island.

Lorena Triggs was born in the Falkland Islands in August 1939 and

describes herself as “a proud Kelper”. Her parents and grandparents were

born on the islands, as was a maternal great, great-grandfather who was a

Chelsea pensioner sent out to the Falklands in 1849. Her British-born

husband went to the Falkland Islands in 1952. Lorena was married in 1957

and has four children, eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She came to live in Britain in 1977, but with children living in the Falklands, she was following

news of the Falklands War every inch of the way. She says that she wished that she had been

 there with them to know that they were safe.

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British Writers

Kevin Abbott was born in Portsmouth in 1961. At the time of the

Falklands war he was a weapon engineering apprentice on board HMS

Sheffield when, on 4 May, it was hit by an Exocet missile fired from an

Argentine Super-Etendard jet. It sank a few days later. The Sheffield had a crew of 280. Many

 of the twenty that died were friends of Kevin Abbott.

Commander Bernie Bruen,

Commander N A “Bernie” Bruen MBE DSC WKhM RN was

born in Wales in 1946, brought up in Scotland and England, and now lives

in France. His family is Irish. He is the son of World War II Fleet Air Arm

fighter “Ace,” Commander J M “Bill” Bruen DSO DSC RN. Although

entering the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot, Bernie soon transferred to

the Diving Branch and, during the Falklands conflict, as a Lieutenant,

commanded Fleet Clearance Diving Team Three, sixty-six percent of

whom received gallantry awards. The team was the first to defuze an

unknown enemy sea-mine by hand since the Korean War.

Eighteen months later, as Commanding Officer of HMS Gavinton, during

the Red Sea mine clearance, he became the first to find an unknown enemy

sea-mine by high definition sonar. For this he was made MBE.

He made a name for himself in Royal Navy boxing, mountaineering and

rock climbing, as a ship-handler and sailor and as a poet, song writer,

entertainer and fiddle player. He has three published books. Nowadays he

keeps chickens.

“We set a sail and see where it takes us.

We make friends and then we move on.

All we can do is to remember as best we can.” BB

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Andrew Champion was born in Merton, then in Surrey now in Greater

London, in October 1951. He served an engineering apprenticeship ashore

before joining the merchant Navy. Ten years later the Falkland islands

were invaded by Argentina. Andrew Champion was leaving a ship in

Venice. He volunteered immediately for service on the MV Anco Charger

as Third Engineer, a supply ship which had been taken up from trade by

the Ministry of Defence. She was painted bright orange and carried, among

other products, aviation fuel for the war in the Falklands.

Graham Cordwell was born in Cheltenham in April 1956. During the

Falklands War he served as a Lance Corporal in the Intelligence

Section, HQ Company, Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.

The middle child of five, at the age of sixteen he joined the British Army.

At the age of eighteen he was posted to Second Battalion of The Parachute

Regiment (2 Para) with whom he served for nearly fifteen years before

resigning in March 1988.

During his time in the army he served four tours of duty in Northern Ireland

and saw active service in the Falklands War in 1982. He married in 1978

and has two children. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t survive the

Falklands War and he divorced in 1986. He served as a police officer for

three years in the Surrey Constabulary, England, before resigning and

moving to Norway with his new wife in 1991.

In 1994 at the age of thirty-eight he went to college to train as a social

worker and thereafter worked with people with drug and alcohol problems.

In 2002, after a mental breakdown, he was diagnosed with chronic PTSD.

He then spent five years in treatment and rehabilitation. He writes, “I am

eternally grateful to my wife who manages to keeps me sane. I hope to be

well again one day.”

Graham Cordwell shares a belief with Tony McNally that the British army

has not done enough to look after the many veterans who develop serious

psychological problems as a result of their war experiences.

Cesca M Croft (not her real name) was born in London in 1947.

Gus Hales served as a paratrooper in the Falklands War. Subsequently

he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. Gus revisited the Falklands

in 2007 when, on Remembrance Day, at a service in Christ Church

Cathedral in Stanley, feeling the voice of the ordinary soldier was rarely

heard, he stood up, walked to the front of the cathedral and addressed the

distinguished congregation. His contribution was not scheduled. He then

recited his poem. We have transcribed the poem from a recording of a

Falkland Islands Radio broadcast and given it a title which we hope Gus

would approve of, Victory. We are still hoping to get in touch with Gus.

James Love was born in Glasgow in 1955. He trained as a paratrooper

and served in Germany, the Falklands and the French Foreign Legion. This

is his story.

I joined the army after a brief spell in the City of Glasgow Police. I

volunteered for Parachute training in February of 1974. After passing P

Company and completing my jump training, I joined “I” Parachute Battery,

Bull’s Troop, 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. In 1979 I

disappeared whilst in the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine), Germany

and joined the French Foreign Legion where I made the rank of Corporal.

Unfortunately, the pay and conditions were not the greatest and I decided

to “leave” and rejoin the British Army. After getting out of France, I

hitch-hiked back to Osnabruck in West Germany where my unit was now

stationed - walking the last eighty kilometres in a blizzard.

After being tried by Court-Martial (under Section 38 of the Army Act 1955)

I served seven months and eleven days in prison (six weeks of it in solitary)

having earned three months and four days remission of sentence for good

behaviour. I returned to Aldershot and joined the Parachute contingent of

4th Field Regiment Royal Artillery and was attached initially to B

Company of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment as a member of the

Forward Observation Party (as a signaller directing artillery fire).

I was then transferred to A Company whilst on top of Sussex Mountains

in the Falkland Islands in May 1982. I served on attachment to A Company

until June 1982 when we returned to the Battery (29 Corunna 4th Field

Regiment, Royal Artillery) and 2 Para sailed home to the UK on the

Norland. We flew out some weeks later after being roped in to guard the

prisoners on the St Edmund ferry.

I bought myself out of the Army in 1991 for £200 and am now employed

by the Ministry of Defence Police Guarding Agency working at the Royal

School of Artillery in Wiltshire. JL

Lisa Lutwyche was born in February 1955 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

She has been a published poet for several decades. She also spent 28 years

in the practice of corporate and institutional architecture and design.

During intense surgical and chemical treatments for breast cancer, she was

fired from her job in architecture and spent her life savings to complete the

cancer treatments. (She says, “Never complain about your National Health

Service.”) Lisa is now a part-time optician (so she can have health care),

a writer, art instructor, and playwright, teaching writing and art in four

venues, including a community college. She is halfway through a Master

of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (2012). She lives with her

British-born husband, Nicholas, in a small house in the Pennsylvania forest

with their seven rescued cats.

Nicholas Lutwyche was born in 1943 in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire,

UK. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and qualified as an aircraft

mechanic. He joined HMS Invincible in 1981 as an engineering Fleet Chief

Petty Officer. In April 1982 he was on a week’s leave at home in Milton

Abbas, Dorset when he received an early morning phone call summoning

him back to Portsmouth as the ship was preparing to sail for the Falkland

Islands at very short notice. He returned home on 17 September 1982.

Lt Mark Mathewson, Right Flank 2nd Battalion Scots Guards served

in the Falklands War. We are still hoping to get in touch with Mark.

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Tony McNally was born in July 1962 in Barrow-in-Furness. He joined

the Army at the age of 16 and survived the harsh training (which he vividly

describes in his book, Watching Men Burn - a Soldier’s Story) to go on to

train as a gunner operating a Rapier missile launcher. When he was 19 he

was sent to the Falklands. At a crucial moment, when an Argentine Sky

Hawk jet roared towards him to bomb the Sir Galahad, the launcher

jammed and the Sir Galahad went up in flames. This event has haunted

Tony McNally ever since. He went on to serve in Northern Ireland but

found his war experience had changed him completely. Nightmares and

hallucinations, started to seriously affect his life. His marriage was

suffering and his wife feared actual harm. He sought help and was

eventually diagnosed by a civilian doctor as suffering from post traumatic

stress disorder, a condition the British army refused to accept existed. He

vividly describes the condition in his poetry and in his book. He is aware

that his writing has helped others to acknowledge their difficulties, get help

and save their lives.

Louise Russell (not her real name) was born in Londonderry, Northern

Ireland in 1951. Her husband was on HMS Sheffield.

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Argentine Writers

José Luis Aparicio is an Argentine born in the vicinity of Treinta de

Agosto in October 1961. As a conscript he fought in the Falklands War.

He belongs to the activist organization CECIM, Centre of Ex-combatants

of the Malvinas Islands.

Maria Cristina Azcona was born in Buenos Aires. She works as an

educational psychologist, family counsellor and specialist in forensic

psycho-diagnosis. She is a bilingual poet, writer and editor with six

published books: four in Argentina and two in India, in English and

Spanish. She has written approximately a thousand critical articles and

poems, published worldwide in newspapers, anthologies, magazines,

e-zines and poetry books.

She has co-authored Peace, Literature and Art, for an e-book edited by

UNESCO and co-authored another e-book for the Unesco EOLSS

Encyclopaedia. Books published in Argentina: Dos Talles Menos de

Cerebro, Mundo Postmoderno, La Voz del Ángel, Estar de Novios Hoy

(junto a Ernesto Castellano, su esposo).

Juan Carlos Escalante is an Argentine poet, novelist, critic and

journalist. He was born in March 1945.

Luz Etchemendigaray is Argentine, born in the Province of Entre Rios.

She is a novelist and poet and has published numerous books.

Julia Garzón-Funes is an Argentine poet. We apologise for mis-spelling her name in the book. This will be corrected if the book is reprinted.

Daniel Ginhson is an Argentine poet, cineaste and translator. He was

born in 1932.

Ange Kenny is a poet born in Buenos Aires.

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Sue Littleton is a poet born in Abilene, Texas, September 1932. Her

poems have been published in various anthologies and literary magazines.

Her most important book is the bilingual epic poem Corn Woman, Mujer

Maíz. She is one of the four founders of the Austin (Texas) International

Poetry Festival.

She married an Argentine lawyer studying International Law at university

in 1957. Her husband’s brother was Minister of Mining under President

Illia and her husband was a political writer as well as a corporate lawyer.

Three children were born to the marriage, which lasted 13 years. Sue

remained in Buenos Aires four more years; the last four years during the

tumultuous ’70s. She published her first book of poetry, in Spanish,

Imágenes in 1972. She attended psychology classes and there met young

Argentine liberal poets who introduced her to members of Leftist political

groups. At the same time she maintained contact with the more

conservative middle class.

When people began to disappear, were being arrested, kidnapped, and taken

away to be tortured and murdered, Sue was directly involved in several

incidents to protect persons persecuted by the regime. In November 1976

she was becoming aware that being an American citizen was not a

guarantee against official aggression if she continued her political and

literary agenda. She returned to Texas but later made annual visits to

Argentina.

Sue always said that although she and her Argentine husband were

divorced, she never divorced Argentina, and that one day she would return

to live out the rest of her days in her adopted country. She has eight

(surviving) Argentine grandchildren. She moved permanently to Buenos

Aires in 2005.

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Alfredo María Villegas Oromí is an Argentine poet who was born

in April 1955 and is an agronomist now living in Uruguay.

Martín Raninqueo was born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1962. Musician

and poet, ex-combatant of the Malvinas. His latest book is an illustrated

book of haiku, Haikus of War (of the Malvinas). Martín is a descendant of

a cacique (a Native American leader, or chief, of a tribe local to Argentina)

Borogano Andrers Raninqueo, who lived in Laguna La Verde (Green

Lake) Province of Buenos Aires. Martín was a soldier conscript in the

7th Infantry Regiment Coronel Conde; he was in his first year of university

when he was summarily drafted and sent to the Malvinas. He fought in

the Section of the Heavy Mortars in Mount Wireless Ridge. He was

captured as a prisoner of war and returned to Argentina in the English ship,

HMS Canberra.

Roberto Ronquietto is an Argentine poet born in the Province of San

Juan.

Adriana Scalese is a psychologist, teacher and poet. She was born in

September 1957.

Maria Graciela Romero Sosa is Argentine, born in Buenos Aires in

November 1955. She is the author of stories and poems which have been

widely published. She is a psychologist.

Nina Thürler is a well-known Argentine poet, born August 1942 in

Buenos Aires and the author of fourteen books.

The editor

David Roberts, the editor of this book, was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK, in October 1942. He is a writer and publisher, and the editor of the war poetry website: www.warpoetry.co.uk .

His books include: Two very successful anthologies of poetry of the First World War: Out in the dark, Poetry of the First World War, in context and with basic notes, and Minds at War, The Poetry and Experience of the First World War.

Kosovo War Poetry (ISBN 0 952 8969 2 3) about the war in Kosovo in 1999 and the NATO bombing campaign.

The European Union and You, a guide to the European Union, its origins, development, problems and potential (600 pages).

Lessons from Iraq, the UN must be reformed. Published by Action for UN Renewal. (A pamphlet.)

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Introduction

Falklands War Poetry (Part of the introduction to the book.)

War poetry is not simply about real life, but it is life lived at extremes -
extremes of danger, suffering, trauma, compassion, selflessness, heroism,
cruelty, immorality, violence and horror. International conflicts arouse
great passions, and it is clear, thirty years after the Falklands War, that
feelings in Argentina are still smouldering with regard to the Falkland
Islands (the Islas Malvinas) which a great many Argentines regard as
Argentine territory.
The poetry in this volume springs from the experiences of the Falklands
war, the ongoing psychological consequences and the continuing
international dispute over the islands. It should not be looked upon as some
sort of equivalent to an anthology of poetry of the First World War. Then,
in the UK alone, over 2000 poets were published and they were writing
about a war whose scale, destruction, suffering and duration bear no
comparison with the Falklands conflict.
Views of the Falkland islands
Only one of the poems in this section by Falkland Islander, Lorena Triggs,
may in any way be regarded as a war poem. Desire the Right expresses an
absolute desire to remain free and British. In other poems she expresses a
personal knowledge and affection for the landscape, climate, wildlife and
a traditional event on the islands - West Falklands Sports Week. In
contrast, the poems by Argentine writers about the Falkland Islands suggest
that their images of the islands are grounded more in their imaginations
than in reality.

The British poetry

It is hard to overstate the determination of the British government (and
people) to use force to repel the unprovoked invasion of the Falkland
Islands by 10,000 Argentine soldiers in April 1982. This feeling clearly
ran spontaneously throughout the British services and is expressed in early
poems by Bernie Bruen. His poems are wide ranging in tone and subject
matter and have a rare immediacy, no doubt assisted by the fact that

throughout this period he was writing daily in notebooks he kept in his
combat jacket. From his poetry we learn a good deal about life under
constant attack, the attitudes and philosophy of fighting men, frustrations,
periods of intense activity, moments of heroism, the extraordinary work
of his bomb disposal team, dealing with burned-out ships loaded with high
explosives, disarming the floating mines in ice-cold water without the
proper equipment for the job, and delight in surviving to see England again.
James Love gives us many vivid insights into his thoughts and experience
as a paratrooper serving in the Falklands war.
Tony McNally, who joined the British Army at the age of 16, found himself
at the age of 19 with huge responsibilities on his shoulders. As he sees it,
he had a key role in Britain's greatest loss during the Falklands war - the
bombing of the Sir Galahad with considerable loss of life and horrific burn
injuries to many. With a colleague he manned a Rapier missile launcher.
It was his task to try to shoot down low-flying jets intent on bombing
British ships and army positions. As a Skyhawk jet roared in towards the
Sir Galahad Tony McNally tried to shoot it down but the launcher
malfunctioned. It refused to fire. The plane’s bomb landed on the
ammunition store of the Sir Galahad and a scene of horror blazed before
his eyes.
Historians attribute the tragedy to other causes, one being the lack of naval
escort, another being the slowness of the troops to disembark. Whatever
the reason, the appalling scenes he witnessed and his feeling of personal
responsibility have haunted him ever since.
Tony McNally's poems, like those of Graham Cordwell and Nick
Lutwyche, constitute a compelling and moving account of the effects of
trauma which affect some thirty percent of servicemen who have fought
in battle zones. Helping sufferers with this war-induced condition is a major
issue for every army. Both Tony McNally and Graham Cordwell, who has
also written with great force about his personal experiences, feel that the
British army has been grossly negligent in its lack of support for PTSD
(Post Traumantic Stress Disorder) sufferers who, after all, had risked, and
in a certain way given, their lives in its service.
Whilst Wilfred Owen, himself a victim of PTSD, wrote about PTSD as an
observer, here we have the truth and sometimes shocking truths of the
experience - the transformation of personality, the loss of confidence and
normality, and the huge personal consequences for both the sufferers
themselves and their families.
Mark Matthewson and Andrew Champion conclude this section with a
tribute to a war hero, and a poem about Britain’s task of returning 10,000
Argentine prisoners of war to their homeland. The British war effort was
on the brink of collapse when victory was achieved. Andrew Champion,
remembering looking into the faces of the defeated conscripts, remarks
that he was, “staring defeat in the face which so easily could have been
ours”.

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The experiences of wives of servicemen

The families of servicemen have always endured stress, even when their
men returned home physically unharmed. Here, Louise Russell and Cesca
M Croft (both pen names) write with some intensity of the unrecognised
distress and heroism of long-suffering families. Although these poems are
expressed in personal terms, both authors believe that all servicemen's
families are to a greater or lesser degree affected and that their problems
should be recognised by the armed services and assistance given. They
write to be a voice for others.

Voices from Argentina

There is no tradition of writing war poetry in Argentina, although poems
concerning the war were written several years later. Not one of the
Argentine poets wrote about the Falklands war at the time. Nevertheless,
the Falklands War was a major event in Argentine history and to the present
looms large in Argentine consciousness.
When, through the internet, I discovered poet Sue Littleton living in Buenos
Aires, I asked her if she had any poet friends who had written about the
war. Her response and the response of Argentine poets she contacted has
been phenomenal. For Sue and the other poets it has seemed as if they had
been burning to write about the issue but, until now they had not allowed
themselves to remember and write.
Almost all the Argentine poetry in this book was written in the space of a
few weeks at the end of December 2011 and in January 2012. Two of the
poets, José Luis Aparicio and Martín Raninqueo, were conscripts who
fought in the war. For all the others, including Sue Littleton, the war evokes
powerful memories and strong feelings. For all of the Argentine writers
the war is a passionate concern.
Whilst the poets cannot be taken as a representative sample of Argentine
society they do represent a variety of political opinions. A few, whilst
having some regrets about the war, believe that the Falklands are inhabited
by Argentines waiting to be liberated and that the Islas Malvinas are
indisputably Argentine territory. Others appreciate that the islands are
inhabited by people of British descent and regard the war as a shameful
and foolish blunder. They consider that the Argentine government (at the
start of 2012) is playing a shallow political game by once again demanding
the return of the islands to Argentina.
The poems of Sue Littleton and Nina Thürler take us back into the not so
distant past when Argentina was ruled by ruthless dictators. Most Argentine
writers, with the exception of the former soldiers, write as detached but
deeply concerned observers of the war and its consequences.
The Argentine poems have been translated by Sue Littleton with the help
of Daniel Ginhson except for those by Maria Cristina Azcona and Julia
Garzón-Funes who wrote in English.


Looking back

In the more recent poems the excitement and stress of war is absent. In its
place the prevailing tone is one of thankfulness, sadness, regret and
sometimes tearing heartbreak.
For our poets and all who participated in the war it was a momentous
episode in their lives and for many it was life-changing.

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These poems


These poems from diverse and even opposing sources tell important stories
and express important opinions. This book will challenge, resonate, move,
inspire, surprise or even shock - depending on the reader’s sympathies
with the many and varied writers. It seems only sensible that on all sides
we should make efforts to understand the experiences, political and cultural
differences, beliefs, problems and aspirations of others who have been or
remain involved in the Falklands/Argentina/Britain conflict.

Extract from the Introduction to Falklands War Poetry - David Roberts.

Acknowledgements

First, I am grateful to all the poets who have so generously shared their thoughts and experiences - often of a deeply personal nature - to convey important truths and understandings about an historical event - an event which remains, to this day, of immense importance to the people of the Falkland Islands and the peoples of Britain and Argentina.
Second I must thank Sue Littleton in Buenos Aires who, on hearing of my wish to include poetry from the Argentine viewpoint, brought tremendous energy, initiative and total commitment to the project - contacting writers across the political spectrum and including former Argentine soldiers. She not only persuaded them to write, but then translated all their work. An extraordinary achievement by Sue and the Argentine writers, completed in just a few hectic weeks.

My thanks, too, to Steve Cocks who introduced me to the poems of Gus Hales and Mark Matthewson. Steve runs an excellent blog about the Falklands. Click here to access.

SAMA82, The South Atlantic Medal Association, the website of Falklands Veterans put out an appeal for poetry from veterans of the war. Thank you for this help. You can visit the SAMA82 website by clicking here.

Also, thank you to Liz Elliot of Falkland Islands Radio who gave me the opportunity to appeal for poetry by Falkland Islanders on the radio.

David Roberts


Contents of Falklands War Poetry

Introduction - Falklands War Poetry

6 Views of the Falkland islands, The British poetry, The experience
of wives of servicemen, Voices from Argentina, Looking back, These
poems. About the islands Britain’s claim to the islands, The Future of
the Falklands.


Falkland Islands Visit 1833

14 A Report by Charles Darwin


Views of the Falkland Islands - Poems

15 Lorena Triggs A Sudden Snowstorm, The Stream, West Falkland
Sports Week, Desire the Right
17 Julia Garzón-Funes Portrait of the Falklands
18 Maria Cristina Azcona 1982 Falkland Islands


The British Experience - Poems

21 Nicholas Lutwyche Musings on a small war.
22 Bernie Bruen Thin Out! We Sanctioned No Request, Bequest of
Honour, Task Force, The Account, On Issue War Stock, Hospital
Blast-wall, Mud, Preservation, Pips, At Ajax Bay, “John Boy” Walton
- Mentioned in Dispatches, At the Red and Green Life Machine,
Casualties, The Derelict - RFA Sir Galahad at Bluff Cove, Tristram
at the Cove, To a Young Galahad, Chicken Supreme, Red Beach,
Apogee, We Are the Cowboys, Clearance Diver, The Senior Leech,
Leaving, The View from the Edge, The Men of the Sea, Fame, Courage,
Blue Ridge Pilot 1986.
46 James Love Fitzroy, May 82, Adrenaline, The Survivors, When
I Go, Lament for the Dead, The Thirty Yard Dash, Left a Bit and Left
a Bit, Forget Me Not, What I miss most.
52 Tony McNally Annabelle, Coming of Age, Cleanse me, Men Who
Sit on Chairs, PTSD, Why do they look at me that way? Human waste,
A wee dram, My friend the dark, Violence, War creates Whores.
58 Graham Cordwell Antipodean Sunset , Airborne Brotherhood,
Stolen Moments, Hanging Fire, Disabled, Comfortably Numb, Selfmedication,
Existence, Life on Hold – an Ode to PTSD, Existence.
66 Mark Matthewson Ode to Tumbledown.
67 Andrew Champion Face to face.


The Experience of Wives of Servicemen, Poems

68 Louise Russell The Call of Home, Lost, Near and far, For only
just a little while.
71 Cesca M Croft Return from the Falklands.


Voices from Argentina - Poems

73 Julia Garzón-Funes Malvinas - The Return.
74 Maria Graciela Romero Sosa Soldiers of The Malvinas - In
Memoriam.
75 Ange Kenny How Just It Is.
75 Adriana Scalese Dreams.
76 Luz Etchemendigaray April 2, 1982.
77 Martín Raninqueo Thirteen Haiku by a soldier of the War of the
Malvinas, Last Letter.
80 José Luis Aparicio Dawn is Breaking, A Relief of the Islands, A
Relief of the Islands, Waiting in the Trenches - What Do You Seek?
84 Juan Carlos Escalante The Obsidian Blade of Sacrifice.
85 Roberto Ronquietto A Soldier of The Malvinas Known Only to
God.
86 Adriana Scalese Homage to the Naval Cruiser Belgrano, Heroes.
87 Alfredo María Villegas Oromí Part One - The Malvinas Speak,
Part Two - Words into the Fire.
89 Nina Thürler Part One - Autumn of 1982 at the Feet of South
America, Part Two - Dialogue at the Bottom of the Southern Seas.
92 Teresa Palazzo Conti Jewels
93 Martin Raninqueo Three Haiku at the End of the War.
93 Sue Littleton The Malvinas - Falklands War - A sequence of
poems and commentaries: The Beginning, The Devil’s Waltz, Here a
Coup, There a Coup . . . And the Band Played on, The Galtieri Junta
Coup, The Dirty War, The Mothers of Plaza De Mayo, The Pending
War with Chile, A Political Ploy, Public Reactions, The Conscripts,
The Young Soldiers, The War, Other Nations Take Sides, The War in
the Air, Romeo and Juliet, The Order to Sink the General Belgrano,
Boundaries, The Survivors, What If? The Surrender, And yet . . .
Galtieri’s Fate, The Aftermath, Darwin Cemetery East Falklands,
Peace?


Looking Back - Poems

114 James Love One More, Baby’s got Blue Eyes.
115 Tony McNally “Seasons Greetings”.
115 Graham Cordwell Reunion, Eyes Left - Remembrance parade,
Privilege, The Covenant, Conscience, Twenty-five Years On, The
Abandoned soldier.
122 Nicholas Lutwyche PTSD, Relativity, Fallen, Will You Remember?
124 Lisa S Lutwyche Deconstruction.
125 Sue Littleton Seeds of War.
126 Ben Lovett My Father.
127 Maria Cristina Azcona Malvinas.
128 Gus Hales Victory.
129 Bernie Bruen To a Young Galahad - Thirty Years on.
130 Kevin Abbott Remember Still
132 Lorena Triggs My Tribute.


About the Poets

133 Falkland Islands Writers, British Writers
137 Argentine Writers

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The Great Falklands Gamble Revealed – Tuesday 13 March.

This TV documentary involves Bernie Bruen whose poetry appears on this website and in the anthology of Falklands War Poetry. He was commander of the 18-man bomb disposal team during the Falklands War. The making of the documentary affected him more than he had anticipated. He wrote a poem about this experience which has now been added to the 2012 page of this website. See the programme on UK Channel 5, Tuesday 13th March 2012, 8pm or see the repeat on Friday 16th March at 7 pm.


Tony McNally author of Falklands war poetry in Guardian interview

Tony McNally, author of Falklands war poetry on this website and in the new anthology, Falklands War Poetry (also author of the book Watching Men Burn) was recently interviewed in the Guardian newspaper together with a Falklands war veteran from Argentina. You can read the interview by following this link: Click Guardian interview with Tony McNally.

"Falkland Islands belong to you," Morrissey tells Argentinian fans

British singer is latest artist to support Argentinian sovereignty of south Atlantic islands as diplomatic tensions rise. Guardian article.


The Falkland Islands are now wealthy  -  Washington Post article

Links

Falkland Islands Government website http://www.falklands.gov.fk//index.html

An interesting blog by a Falklands Veteran   http://stevecocksfalklands.blogspot.com

The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel: http://www.falklands-chapel.org.uk

The South Atlantic Medal Association (1982): http://www.sama82.org.uk/

Information for tourists. http://www.falklandislands.com/ 

Help and advice

UK Ministry of Defence, Veterans help and advice  http://www.veterans-uk.info/welfare/welfare.html

Combat Stress: www.combatstress.org.uk

Falkland Families Association: www.falklandfamiliesassociation.org.uk

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