War is a recurring theme for poet Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi exile who fled her country after being placed on Saddam Hussein’s enemies list. She wrote her first poems as a teenager in Baghdad, just as the slaughter of the Iran-Iraq War began. Subsequent wars offered more to write about.
One of Mikhail’s collections is called The War Works Hard. It’s also the name of a poem with an ironic take on the meaning and consequence of war.