To the House of Collateral Damage
Centuries of the Civilian Dead
By William La Riche
(Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583228593, 192pp.)
Publication Date: October 7, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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This incredibly ambitious, book-length poem takes on the modern problem of war. The poem's great achievement is that it situates our own age, not as a golden age, but as one notable for its harshness and brutality, especially towards noncombatants, as well as for the beauty of the language that can be found to describe and understand that brutality, and perhaps to change it. Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid allow us, two and a half millennia later, to experience the complexity and contradictions of the ancient world. La Riche proposes, boldly, to observe and judge our own world through the contradictions of our relationship to war.
WILLIAM LA RICHE was a Fulbright Scholar and has lectured at New York University and Princeton University in art and architecture over the years. His previous book Alexandria: The Sunken City is about the largest underwater excavation of all time. He lives in New York City.