Voices in Wartime
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Poetry has long been a medium that has communicated the concerns of the heart and mind during times of crisis, and one subject that has motivated many poets to reach for their pen is war. Many of the world's great poets have written eloquently about the violence and madness of armed conflict, among them Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Wilfred Owen, Sherman Pearl, and Siegfried Sassoon among many others, and in 2003, when Laura Bush invited a group of poets to visit the White House for a symposium on American verse, author Sam Hamill responded by founding an activist group called Poets… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Stodgily structured by intercutting grisly stock footage with talking heads and muddy videos of Poets Against the War events, Voices in Wartime isn't nearly as cinematically inspiring as many of the poets it brings to light."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A stirring testament to the search for meaning."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"An absorbing and eye-opening documentary about war poetry."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"...fascinating and extremely literate documentary Voices in Wartime manages to present the poet's position on war without turning completely into an anti-Bush film."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"An overview of the historic relationship between war and poetry."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Voices in Wartime is a thoughtful, provocative exploration of the ways poets have dealt with the experience of battle throughout history."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"One of the most original war movies ever made. Men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there."
‑ Tim Appelo, Seattle Weekly
"Filled with some of the most powerful poetry and shattering images ever to come out of warfare."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An important new documentary that looks at the ways in which poetry helps people come to terms with conflict."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's interesting that, in a documentary about war poetry that supplements literary readings with the occasional use of exceedingly bloody archival war footage, the words more than hold their own against the pictures."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Making poetry cinematic requires greater imagination than King evinces...If the medium isn't always as sturdy as the message, that's a fault that can be readily overlooked."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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