HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.
“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.” Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series. “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life. We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering. This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.