by Victor Enns
6.5" x 4.5" · 176 pages
Release Date: October 2014
Victor Enns has written a powerful collection of voice poems that are relentless and genuine in telling soldiers’ stories. Few of us will ever have to shoulder the burden of taking another human life, or witness the death and destruction common to all wars. These are deeply imagined poems—provoking in their subject as they are accessible to read. Afghanistan Confessions challenges glib assumptions Canadians may have about the conflict, and the thousands of soldiers that fought Canada’s longest war.
Afghanistan Confessions takes no political position, but lays bare the horror of war regardless of ideology, cause, reason. Poems need to speak for themselves, and these do – loudly, each hammered-out poem a bullet to the heart, “peace a whisper/left behind.” —Dave Margoshes
Victor Enns’ writing impressed me; it was artistic but didn’t possess the naivety that I had been seeing up to this point from artists without a military background.I felt it was important that his work reflect the real passion soldiers have…This work describes their emotions well. Most of us have come back, but sadly we continue to lose soldiers to the war, here at home. A soldier does not leave war behind. A collection like this one will remind readers why. —Neil Maclean, Afghanistan veteran
Victor Enns was born in Winnipeg in 1955. Raised in a small border town, often mentioned in weather reports, Gretna, Manitoba, he moved back to the big city with his parents in 1968. His hometown reclaimed him for his studies at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute where he graduated with its largest class in 1972; his mother's Studebaker stuck in low gear on the way to the party after graduation.
His first collection, Jimmy Bang Poems (Turnstone, 1979), the result of his participation in an advanced creative writing workshop led by Robert Kroetsch, was published after his graduation from the University of Manitoba. Boy is the prequel of sorts to Correct in this Culture (5th House Press, 1985) and Lucky Man (Hagios Press, 2005) which was nominated for the 2005 NcNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award. Enns's most recent book is Boy, Hagios Press, 2012.
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