VOICES IN WARTIME - ***By RUSSELL SCOTT SMITH
VOICES IN WARTIME
WRITING a poem is the best way to express the strange mix of euphoria, terror and fear that soldiers feel during war.
That's a fascinating idea, especially when it comes from the mouth of someone who should know: Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox, the superintendent of West Point.
He's just one of the scholars, poets and soldiers quoted in "Voices in Wartime," a moving documentary about poetry inspired by combat.
Walt Whitman's Civil War poems are covered, and there's a particularly touching section on the World War I British soldier-poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
But the bulk of the documentary focuses on the Iraqi conflict, particularly a series of recent protests organized by a group called Poets Against the War.
Conservatives might see this pacifist turn halfway through the movie as a bait-and-switch game - but it also comes organically from the subject, since there's no mistaking the anti-war sentiment of most war poetry.
Running time: 74 minutes. Not rated (graphic images of combat). At the Landmark Sunshine, New Metro Twin.
It ran in the printed paper on Page 72