For This Alone

R. P. L. Mogg

For This Alone

R. P. L. Mogg

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

52 pages | 3 color plates, 3 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2014
Cloth $16.95 ISBN: 9781910065204 Published February 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Ronald Mogg become a poet under the most discouraging circumstances. Trained as a journalist, he volunteered for the Royal Air Force during World War II. Shortly after joining the service his Wellington bomber was shot down and Mogg was imprisoned in Germany along with one other survivor of the crash. He spent much of the war in various POW camps including Stalag Luft I, III and VI. It was in captivity that Mogg discovered he had a rare gift and found his voice through poetry while imprisoned. There he produced the beautiful and heart-rendering poems that comprise this collection.
Written in 1944, For this Alone is illustrated with powerful linocuts created by one of Mogg’s fellow POW  J. W. L. Lambert. The resulting package is a stunning collection of war poetry that brings readers close to the experience of the war through the poems of an airman, making this a unique contribution to both poetry and the history of WWII. First released in 1944, the reissue of this collection brings the work of Mogg to a new generation of readers.
Contents
Foreword
Introduction
Crew Room
Captive Airmen
On Week-End Leave
Raid
Nightmare
Never Keep a Lady Waiting
Wives
Beyond the Wire
Tiger Truth
Lullaby, 1940
Hunger
Prisoner Gone Mad
‘Things’ll be Alright’
‘Even Dreams are Captive’
Soldier Song, 1944
Sandman
Fighters at Dawn
Oil Wreath
Prison Midnight
Heldentod
For This Alone
Night Bombers
War’s End
Requiem for Dead Airmen
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