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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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War Poetry of the Arab Spring  -  Terrorism  -  Afghanistan:
2013 and beyond - The War Poetry Website

More poems of the Arab Spring and Afghanistan appear on the 2011 and 2012 pages. Afghanistan also has its own page.

I have just been introduced to this statement and poem written two years ago at the start of the Egyptian Revolution.  -  DR  25 January 2013

From Yahia Lababidi, USA

27 January 2011

If I could say something to the brave souls back home, Id say this:

Dear Egyptians,

Remember, you have Youth, Truth and Love on your side; the old regime only has Hate and Lies. Let that give you courage to forge a New Future; they represent a stubborn past. Do not let them divide you or put fear in your hearts. And let the young lead, the young are still immune to fear. Keep your spirits high and clean and you will keep the protests beautiful. 

You make us all proud. Youre our hope and inspiration!



What is to give Light

   What is to give light must endure

   burning, a man once said

   Another man became the matchstick

   that set a nation aflame


   But fire, and its appetite, cannot be

   calculated, like freedom

   Injustice and desperation make men

   combustible, like dry wood


   When words lose their meaning

   and an entire people their voice

   so they can neither laugh nor scream

   death and life begin to taste the same


   From Tunis, to Egypt, to Lebanon to Yemen

   the light from a burning man proved catching

   And those with nothing to lose, or offer, but bodies

   fanned the embers of their hopes into a blazing dream.

Yahia Lababidi

A video of Yahia Lababidi's poem What is to give light by Dave Bonta



Response to the historic events in Tahrir Sqare, Egypt, 11 2 11.

The New Egypt - Tahrir Square, 11 February 2011 by David Roberts - a poem, sound,scene collage. (Followed by radio news from that day.)

Egyptian Revolution, November 2011. The poem, "The New Egypt - Tahrir Square, 20 February 2011" expressed the idea that a positive transformation of life was being celebrated a little prematurely.