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Al Willis, a Montford Point Marine, salutes during a ceremony on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Al Willis, a Montford Point Marine, salutes during a ceremony on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

To mark the Veterans Day holiday, we want to take some time to consider writing about war.

Although Walt Whitman concluded during the Civil War that, "the real war will never get in the books," many writers try - and arguably succeed - in using words to work through their experiences on the battlefield.

Guests

Robert Pinsky, director of the creative writing program at Boston University and former Poet Laureate of the United States. He tweets @RobertPinsky.

Brian Turner, poet and U.S. Army veteran. He tweets @TurnerBriturn3.

Tom Laaser, head of the veterans' writing workshop at Salem State University and U.S. Army veteran.

This segment aired on November 12, 2018.

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