Sarracino, Carmine, 1944- / The heart of war
Note on the historical aspects of the Chapbook, pp. 42- ff.
Note on the Historical Aspects of the Chapbook These are poems, not history, but I have grounded them all in histori- cal fact and then, in many cases, taken liberties with them. South Carolinian Mary Chesnut's journal entries are accurate, but from there I have imaginatively entered her life and her mind to expand on those entries. Some characters are completely invented, such as Sergeant Miller and Corporal Hughes, but they are composites of actual sol- diers I came to know from their letters and journals. These poems, then, tell all the truth, but, as Emily Dickinson prescribed for poets, tell it slant. 42
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