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“We did this all to ourselves.”
John Jeffcock, a former British army captain who edited an anthology of U.K. war poetry called “Heroes,” said he’d seen parallels between the writings of British soldiers and those they were fighting.
“They are written by soldiers,” he said of the Taliban poetry. “While you may not agree with their cause, they go through the same anguish and pain and heartache that British soldiers would do.”
But he said that he’d been struck by how stark some of the war poems were.
The Taliban poetry was “much more black-and-white” than what British soldiers wrote, he said, warning that “war is a gray business.”
“It tells me that these people are going to be very difficult to negotiate with,” he said.
The Taliban poems, which were co-edited by Felix Kuehn, and Faisal Devji, are being published in Britain by C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd. later this month. The anthology is scheduled for release in the U.S. in September.
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