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NEW! Back in print! Barbed Wire and Rice: Poems and Songs from Japanese Prisoner-of-War Camps

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Author: 
Collected by Bishop D. McKendree
Publication Year: 
2016
Publication Number: 
183

From the Foreword by David McCann:

"... Bishop McKendree’s gathering of songs and poems from the Japanese prisoner of war camps of World War II is a remarkable outcome to a brutal experience. ... The materials were elusive in their circulation among the prisoners, dangerous to those who composed or performed them, and certainly would have been fatal to McKendree, had he been caught with them. ... These songs and poems will also tell the reader something of what their authors, composers, singers—and scribe—lived through. We can sense, but dimly, certain of the details of the physical environment, the personalities of the prisoners and of the guards, and the events which brought them together. These songs and poems will summon forth, for those who were there, a sense of common purpose and experience, of shared hope and despair, defeat and accomplishment; for other readers—and my earnest wish is to have this book find its way to Japanese readers, too—a sense of honor, compassion and respect." | 224 pages

 

CONTENTS

FOREWORD vii

PREFACE xi

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

PART I: POEMS FROM PRISON CAMPS 1

"An advance guard with no main body…" 3

Vindication 5

Motors in the west 8

Corregidor Mac 10

The Fall of Corregidor 11

The Unknown Soldier 13

 

"A brave little band…" 15

The Bastards of Bataan 17

A Soldier Boy 19

Old Bataan 23

Bataan 25

Bataan Blues 26

April Ninth, ’42 28

Battling Boys of Bataan 30

Which? 31

 

"…In fact, I hate this whole damn’ life…" 33

Prison Camp Eulogy and Addenda 35

Fall and Disgrace of Old Glory 41

They Know You 44

Unsung Heroes 45

Intermission 48

Scuttlebutts 50

Heroes Modern 52

In a Hurry 53

Prison Camp Number Three 55

Forgotten Men of Bataan 56

A Ghost Passes By 58

The Call of War 60

 

"…laughing boys fought and died" 63

Sleep in Peace 65

I Wonder 66

Requiem 67

The Flag Speaks 68

The American Way 69

Beneath the Lights of Home 72

 

"…and sing to Thee eternal praise" 73

Prisoner’s Prayer 75

Look Up 77

Dealer of Fate 79

Prison Impressions 81

Prisoner of War 83

 

Songs 85

Battle Hymn of Bataan 87

Iron Horse Battalion 89

Thanks for the Memories 91

Soldier’s (Prisoner’s) Farewell 93

News Comments on the Fall of Bataan 95

 

PART II: SOLDIERS’ PRE-­WAR POEMS 101

Preface to Pre-­War Poems 103

We’ve Done Our Hitch in Hell 105

Thanks For the Memories 107

The Creed of the Islands 108

A Tale of the Philippines 110

It Might Be Worse 112

The Squaw Man 114

The Curse of El Fraile 116

A Soldier 118

The Redeemed 120

 

PART III: AUTOBIOGRAPHY 123

LIST OF FIGURES 199

GLOSSARY 197

 

ISBN (hardcover): 
978-1-939161-63-3
Price (hardcover): 
$35.00
ISBN (paperback): 
978-1-939161-83-3
Price (paperback): 
$20.00