I Want To Go Home

I Want To Go Home

n.p., [1944]. Stapled, illustrated wrappers (4 ¾” x 6 ½”), [2], 10 pp. Wear, horizontal crease from folding; tissue repair along the bottom edge with tape repair reinforcing staple, a Good copy of a fragile and scarce item. Five copies in WorldCat (Princeton, Yale, Univ. of Michigan, Michigan State, and the British Library).

Nazi propaganda masquerading as poetry “written by soldiers of all English speaking nations,” and distributed to American soldiers in Italy. An essay at the beginning contrasts the drum beaters at home, the “profiteers, politicians and Jews” heaping up money, and the soldiers at the front who know the reality of war and are sick and tired of fighting instead of taking care of their wives and mothers at home.

Poem titles are all somber and defeatist, and include the titular “I Want to Go Home,” “What Are We Fighting For?” (“To free the world from iron chains, / To help our brethren nigh and far, / Or to increase a rich man’s gains, / Are these the reasons for this war?”), “Mediterranean Song,” “I Don’t Want to be a Soldier,” “When This Bloody War Is Over,” “Has Anyone Seen the Colonel?,” “Happiness Lost,” “Stand By Your Glasses Steady,” “Who Was the Man?,” and “Lonesome For My Dad.”. Item #06185

Price: $375.00

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