Robbie’s Inspiration – Book review: War poetry, Sheep on the Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

Thank you so much, Robbie Cheadle, for your review of SHeep On The SOmme. The images were simply inspirational and have had a lasting impact on me s a writer.

Sadly, we haven’t learned much in the last 105 years or so.

Robbie's inspiration

In honour of Remembrance Day, I am sharing my review of this incredible book of poetry by Frank Prem about WW1.

What Amazon says

In this Picture Poetry collection, journey with the AIF, the ANZACS and the German and French armies at war on the Western Front during the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

Have your photo taken in a studio in Cairo, and your heart broken on a small street in Ballarat.

The bombs are falling in an endless fusillade of artillery fire from both sides of the conflict, turning the Somme into a clagging stew of slurried mud and maddened men.

Frank Prem has taken images of men at war and created verse stories to accompany them and to tell you that this war is hell.

Welcome. Welcome to the Somme.

My review

I am endlessly fascinated by war books and war poetry, especially about WW1 which…

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