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  • Every War Has Two Losers: A Poet’s Meditation on Peace

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Duration: 01:19
Program: Every War Has Two Losers: A Poet’s Meditation on Peace

EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS tells the story of how one man, William Stafford (1914-1993), choose to answer the call to war. It is a story of confronting beliefs that swirl around war - Isn't war inevitable? Even necessary? What about the enemy?

Stafford refused to fight in World War Two and served four years in camps for conscientious objectors. Later he was the winner of the National Book Award for poetry. Director Haydn Reiss met Stafford in 1990 and later produced a one-hour documentary, William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship.

That film chronicles the similarities and differences between these two close friends and great poets. Approaches to writing, teaching and the meaning of poetry are all explored in this lively and engaging film.

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Post Date: October 7, 2009