Dreams In War Time
Dreamed c. 1917 by Amy Lowell
I wandered through a house of many rooms.
I dug a grave under an oak-tree.
I gambled with a silver money.
I painted the leaves of bushes red
I followed a procession of singing girls
I wished to post a letter,
I had made a kite,
Lowell was a famous poet by 1917--a wild experimentalist clashing with Ezra Pound over poetry's next direction. World War I burst the bubble. These seven dream-poems explore the deep impact of war at home--pressures coarsening civilians, creating calluses that we (in a time when a war's always on the news) barely even notice, for we've never known peace. Even if it was the peace of ignorance.
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