Counter-Wave: Poetry of Rescue in the First World War
An Anthology edited by Paul O’Prey
Release date February 2018
This major new anthology brings together for the first time the work of poets who saw active service on the Western Front, but not with a gun in their hand. Their role was to save life, not to take it.
Hemingway, Cummings and Masefield drove ambulances. Mary Borden and Vera Brittain were nurses. All of them volunteered their services to help those caught up in the war, often at great personal risk to themselves.
Finding themselves amid scenes of unimaginable horror, each one experienced the realities of the war first-hand and wrote about what they saw and did with great honesty and compassion.