I’m so haunted by my father and my father’s silence around his war experiences.
He was a navigator bombadier in WWII, came home and had a nervous breakdown.
I wasn’t born yet so I never knew him, at that time in his life. But heard the stories from my siblings, of the screaming nightmares, and how thin he was
And my mother saying:
“The fella that went to war never came home”
My brothers were young men at the time of the Vietnam war, and I saw the changes that that wrought.
My father’s silence created a curiosity in me, to understand, What happens to the soul in war, that we cannot speak of, And what happens to the soul in war, That so changes a beautiful man, or our beautiful young men, in ways that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
And that probably has been one of the primary drivers , I now understand looking back, of a lot of my work
Trying to understand that, Trying to get to that broken soulful place, to understand it, And give it voice.
Laura Harrington, author, A Catalog of Birds speaking to In the Balance on the impact of war.