Trench Poets: The Art and Imagery of World War I in Poetry & Comics

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World War I, Comics and Poetry = Gifts for Men?

I don’t know about you, but when I think of World War I, I automatically think of comics and poetry and the perfect gifts for men, don’t you?¬†Actually, that’s not 100 percent accurate. I think of disease-ridden, shell-shocked soldiers dying by the millions from mustard gas attacks in corpse-strewn trenches.

But then I think of comics and poetry.

Even if you think the military history or war buff in your life has it all, he doesn’t have this.

Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics is a beautiful, hardcover collection from what would come to be known as the Trench Poet movement.

What started as an outlet for traumatized soldiers to express the horrors of the world’s first fully mechanized global conflict would go on to become one of the most important and influential artistic movements of the decade.

You can give this incredible slice of history to your guy.

The words written by the Trench Poets so long ago are brought to life by the most talented cartoonists and artists of today. The amazing book contains 20 poems and companion cartoons, which together capture the raw emotion, terror, horror and hope of the young men who had the misfortune of fighting a war that would result in the deaths of 20 million human beings, and leave countless millions more irreparably broken, both physically and psychologically.

Or, you could always just get him socks. Thirty48 Antibacterial Hiking Socks, to boot.

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Andrew Lisa

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Over the course of his life, he has received a mountain of gifts that were unusable, ugly, impractical and otherwise unforgivably disappointing. Many of the people who bought these gifts were decent and well-meaning human beings. They weren't bad people, they were just bad shoppers. All they needed was a little guidance and direction when picking out that perfect something for that special someone. He does not want your guy to suffer as he has suffered.