Our anthology of classic war poems was gathered for wartime reading and reflection, in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the many wars fought in human history. This Memorial Day, we bring it up to the front again, as a reminder that the world is ever yet in a state of war. This year also marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, and because May 31 is also Walt Whitman’s birthday, we’ve chosen his poem “The Artilleryman’s Vision” as the newest addition to our collection. It’s a hyper-real poetic incarnation of the actual experience of 19th century warfare, and a reminder that despite the vast evolutions of war technology, the human experience of combat has not changed all that much.
This year we’d like to add some new poems to our war and remembrance collection. You are invited to submit your own poems or suggest your favorite classics. Please take note of one caution: the text box on our submission page doesn’t convey your format accurately when you type a poem into it—so we ask you to use slashes (“/”) to indicate line breaks and double slashes (“//”) to indicate stanzas.