by Randy Fingland

Paperback / $12.00 / isbn: 978-1-58790-177-5 / 82 pages / 5.5” x 8.5” / illustrated




The poetry in Orphans of War gives voice to the U.S. citizen in the street faced with continuous costly, armed conflict for more than a decade, who is barraged daily with the violence perpetrated by the U.S. tax dollar, and who witnesses the significance of the acts minimized to the level where all victims (majority innocent?) are zeroed out, the ultimate in dehumanization no matter whose side observes.

These poems openly confront the Pentagonal paradigm, the conscious waste of humans as well as natural resources, the effects of the capitalistic model of free-market pressures on the long-term health of the planet, on heart and soul, partnership and children, mind and DNA, the future of all who breathe.

  Metaphorically, Americans are now themselves orphans from the very system they received via the founders, from the family of laws once set in place for shared (inalienable?) responsibility in governance over the liberties extended and guaranteed for the pursuit of well-being.


Randy Fingland was a WWII baby, and educated in many states and schools (moved 18 times by the age of 16) through the 50s and 60s, competed in games and sports, studied classical piano and played garage-band music, dated young and suffered, avoided the military, and from early in high school began writing poetry. He has never stopped writing even though he moved to Berkeley where he’s resided more than 35 years. He has performed widely and organized poetry readings for four decades.


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