FAREWELL TO ARMS : poems for Remembrance Day

In 2002, in a long piece for The Guardian, the distinguished historian Eric Hobsbawm wrote that: «The 20th century was the most murderous in recorded history. The total number of deaths caused by or associated with its wars has been estimated at 187m, the equivalent of more than 10% of the world’s population in 1913. Taken as having begun in 1914, it was a century of almost unbroken war, with few and brief periods without organised armed conflict somewhere. It was dominated by world wars: that is to say, by wars between territorial states or alliances of states», instantly making 187 … Continue reading FAREWELL TO ARMS : poems for Remembrance Day

EDUARDO GALEANO’S CHILDREN OF THE DAYS

Eduardo Galeano was born September 3rd 1940, and died on April 13th 2015. It’s only because of the flood of obituaries that appeared online the week of his death that I learned of this extraordinary writer’s life and work, and all I can think to say is a sheepish:  better late than never . Still, in the light of what I know about Galeano today, and especially after having read his last book, the startling Children of the Days, A Calendar of Human History, I’m left scratching my head, wondering how his work could have escaped detection by my pretty … Continue reading EDUARDO GALEANO’S CHILDREN OF THE DAYS