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Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies the story of paradise lost.


byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title: Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies

Author: Rebecca Anne Banks

Publisher: Tea at Tympani Lane Records, www.tympanilanerecords.com.

Date of Publication: 2013

Page Count: 21



Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies presents the story of paradise lost, of love as war in the post-modern world. The long poem EBook presents the heart of darkness as war, love as war and the violence at the loss of innocents, a comment on the white culture/geopolitical violence of the West and the great insanity of the break with the Holy Spirit and the fomenting of death in everyday life and the revolving battles of the United States/European Union in foreign countries. The poem reads like a dialectic, the violence of the West aussaged by the calling of the artist, a calling back to the Holy Spirit.

Images of jewelry, the beauty of the creation of the artist, allude to the sacred as “seeing antique earrings in a shop window anything that calls of home.” Also, images of the ancient Aztec culture suffuse the work, Maya as the place of evil, the desert, where human sacrifice was practiced, a fascinating parallel with the war setting Afghanistan – “the Maya rips out the heart of any living love”. With the theme of war, images of the Weimar Republic of World War II are subtle in nuances. Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies questions the nature of war, how the death of innocents creates evil, a war that is not righteous. The long poem also questions the nature of love, the nature of the white culture cursehold that takes us away from our starcrossed lover, away from God. This poem is an incantation not unlike T. S. Eliot’s, The Wasteland, truncated, bouncing between settings, speakers and time and presenting the disallure of war. The Wasteland was written in 1922 just after W.W. I, Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies is written in the post-modern world after World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia and currently the insurrections in the Middle East. Also, in the work by The Poet Banks, the elements of Existentialism, the suffering in absurdist theatre moving past despair to express anger with a glimpse of light at the end of the poem in the possibility of redemption through the artist and ultimately the Way of the Holy Spirit. In The Wasteland there is great angst and despair with images of “no water” but the light of peace in the Hindi prayer at the end of the work. The style of The Wasteland is more elaborate and in the Modernist school while Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies is more a reflection of the Beat Poets and the post-modernists like Leonard Cohen, the lines more spare and blunt, a testament to the incredible violence, emotional and actual, of the 21st century. The work could also draw from the influence of the modern day fairytale, The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde – “the blue heart gemstone from the eyes of the Saviour plucked from her mouth” presenting elements of wanderlust and magic inside the scream at the blasphemy of modern love/war.

This modern day classic, harkens to classical literature with references to Abelard and Heloise, The Bible and a modern reference to the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. What is unique is the eclectic use of lines of songs as quotes, borrowing from a traditional Scots ballad, a popular song from World War I and II, a show tune from My Fair Lady by George Bernard Shaw and two references from modern day rock ballads. Confessions of a Soldier: when love is war and other insouciancies is a testament to the Spirit, calling us back to an ideal of peace by illustrating the subtle, casual and often unconscious nature of violence, violence in love and violence in war, the great suffering aussaged by the tenets of the Holy Spirit that sings to us in the background of the dawn of the New Age. Available at Amazon.ca.

Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature

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