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"Apollinaire seemed an unlikely candidate for following orders, not to mention the hardship and violence of war. His battles were aesthetic; his weapons were his tongue and pen.... But for Apollinaire, a soldier's life was a revelation. He loved his training in arms and horseback riding, learning to use and care for the famous French 75 cannon. He delighted in the discovery of his physical prowess, his ability to keep up with men fifteen years younger than he, the manly camaraderie of barracks life, the welter of new sights and sounds and information. 'Soldiering is my true profession,' he wrote his Parisian friends. To another he wrote, from training camp, 'I love art so much, I have joined the artillery.' And because waiting and idleness turned out to be a part of life in uniform, he wrote a great deal..." —Tony Hoagland, I Seem to Be at a Great Feast: The War Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire
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The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition, translated by Stephen Sartarelli, reviewed by Adam Thirlwell. (Bookforum)
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