Earlier this summer, the editors of WLT invited more than two dozen writers to nominate one book, published since 1969, that most influenced their extraliterary commitments, along with a brief statement explaining their choice.
"As the book’s title asserts, In Mad Love and War is a collection that firmly establishes love as the only possible answer to violence. In these poems, Harjo offers a vision of resistance and activism that is fierce and kind both. This book has accompanied me for almost thirty years, in my own landscape of terror and dispossession. Its refusal to despair has lifted me up countless times as we continue the long fight for peace, justice, and equality here in Israel and Palestine."—Rachel Tzvia Back, Professor, Oranim College, Galilee