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Alum publishes book of poetry about wars

Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr. '51 recently published a book, “Iraq and Other Killing Fields: Poetry for Peace.”

The 38 poems address issues raised in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, World War II and other conflicts.

He describes the book as “'The Fahrenheit 9/11' of poetry,” referring to the Michael Moore documentary film about the attacks on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon.

Wheat, a former editor of the Hobart Herald, opens the book with a recollection from his tenure as a reporter with the Geneva Daily Times (now the Finger Lakes Times), where managing editor Al Learned (named in the poem) used to tell the staff “Everybody has a story.” Wheat recalls the New York City and Long Island newspapers' brief biographies of those who died in the Trade Towers.

Learned was later director of the HWS news bureau (now the Office of Communications) from 1960 to 1973, and died in 1993.

Wheat was active in Canterbury Episcopal Club at HWS, where he met his wife, Virginia. The dedication page of the book also lists James Williams, HWS professor of sociology, and the note, “He taught me the Quaker ways of Peace.”

Wheat is listed in “A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers,” and has had his poems published in several magazines and other periodicals. Copies of the book are available for $8 each plus $2 postage, with bulk discounts available, from Cow Meadow Promotions, 333 Bedell St., Freeport NY 11520.

For details, e-mail Wheat at