As the world tipped into the catastrophe of the First World War, poet Rupert Brook wrote:
Four years later, eight million had died in fighting that decimated an entire generation and changed forever the social and political map of the world. Amid the chaos, a group of writers distilled their experiences, both on the fighting front and at home. Fathers wrote to daughters, wives described their anxious waiting, and soldiers talked with death as a close companion. It was a time of horror, but also one of great beauty, as men and women came to understand what was most important in life.
Steve Younger will read a selection of poetry from the First World War at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in Kelly Hall, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr., Los Alamos.
The reading will be accompanied by slides that describe the poets, their poems, and scenes from the war. The presentation is a tribute to all of those who have fallen for their countries – voices of hope that speak to us today, Younger said.