If every blog has a reason-for-being, Behind the Lines is born out of this book, Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront Since 1941. Like most books, Behind the Lines is meant as a foray into a conversation already underway, between poets and the peace movement--and more broadly, between artists and those involved in social movements.
But why begin a blog when you've already written the book?
Because the conversation continues; unlike a scholarly tome about an author long dead, this book draws back into the past (beginning with The Iliad and then the Second World War), but ends very much in the middle of the Iraq War. The work of poetry and peacemaking does change, as our world changes. I find myself constantly wanting to update the book, as each day goes by (and not because I've spotted a typo here and there).
Yes, the questions may remain strikingly similar, and perhaps they are irresolveable. But perhaps the point is not to resolve the questions, but to write and work through those questions--to live our way, perhaps, into an answer.