Poetry. W.D. Ehrhart--a veteran of the Vietnam War--has written 14 books of poetry and prose, as well as 10 poetry chapbooks. SLEEPING WITH THE DEAD is a work of frustration, aggression, and compassion. Lyrical yet gritty, the poems in this collection begin with meditations/lamentations on death before moving on to examine love. A dialectic exists between what Ehrhart truly feels and believes with what he experienced as a young Marine. Ehrhart's work examines the political context--both then and now--in regard to war and death, but ultimately seeks a sense of peace and forgiveness, for others and for himself.
W. D. Ehrhart holds an Honorable Discharge from the US Marine Corps and a PhD from the University of Wales at Swansea. The recipient of the President's Medal from Veterans for Peace, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, a Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation Grant, and an Excellence in the Arts Award from Vietnam Veterans of America, he is the husband of Anne and father of Leela, and teaches English and history at the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also coaches winter track and sponsors the school's student journal of literature and art. Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA