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If you're looking to acquire all of Mr. Logue's 'Iliad' poetry, here is what you'll need to find--
War Music--An Account of Books 1-4 & 16-19 of Homer's 'Iliad' (1997);These three volumes of poetry are shelved with my seven different translations of The Iliad, and with Alice Oswald's Memorial (written about here) and David Malouf's beautiful novel Ransom. They most certainly do all belong together on the shelf.
All Day Permanent Red--The First Battle Scenes of Homer's 'Iliad' (2003); and
Cold Calls--War Music Continued (2005)
If you're interested in learning more about Christopher Logue, his poetry, and his 'Iliad' project, you might be interested in reading my review and assessment of All Day Permanent Red--The First Battle Scenes of Homer's 'Iliad' Rewritten here. While a mere fifty pages in length, this thin volume holds some amazingly powerful poetry. It proceeds relentlessly at near breakneck speed, and leaves the reader panting and gasping for air about an hour later as the last page is turned.
Somehow I think recounting Logue's portrayal of the Myrmidon's bearing the dead body of their comrade-in-arms, Patroclus, is appropriate--
"Starred sky. Calm sky.Requiescat in pace, Mr. Logue, your voice will be missed.
Only the water's luminosity
Marks the land's end.
A light is moving down the beach.
It wavers. Comes towards the fleet.
The hulls like upturned glasses made of jet.
Is it a god?
Now we can hear a drum.
And now we see it:
Six warriors with flaming wands,
Eight veteran bearers, and one prince,
Patroclus, dead, crossed axes on his chest,
Upon a bier.
Gold on the wrists that bear the prince aloft.
Tears on the cheeks of those who lead with wands.
Multiple injuries adorn the corpse.
And we, the army, genuflect in line."
(War Music, pages 196-197)