Slow war

Released August 15, 2017 by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Raymond Souster Award, and recipient of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award.

"We are occasionally lucky enough to encounter a writer we need, like Benjamin Hertwig, who offers solidarity while challenging our assumptions, who illuminates and shades our lives in surprising ways. After reading these poems I can’t imagine a world without them."
—John K. Samson, musician and editor, author of Lyrics and Poems, 1997–2012

"This hard-hitting debut collection is the record of a soldier’s heart, before, during and after war"Toronto Star

“In his quiet way, Benjamin Hertwig shows us the terror and wonder of being alive. Slow War is a powerful exploration of violence, longing, and the before and after of ‘time and war and other old gods.’ A profound and beautiful book.” —Deborah Campbell, winner of the 2016 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for A Disappearance in Damascus

“I know of few books that deal with the experience of combat in such a humane and almost tender way. Benjamin Hertwig’s Slow War is a powerful and moving work of art.” —John Skoyles, poetry editor of Ploughshares, author of Suddenly It’s Evening

"I’m very excited for – and somewhat in awe of – a debut poetry collection called Slow War by Benjamin Hertwig, which tells, loosely, the story of a Canadian soldier who goes to Afghanistan and comes back home with the war still inside him. I think it’s going to be beautiful and sad, and also dangerous in the way only truly honest literature can be."—Omar El Akkad, author of American War

"In Slow War, Benjamin Hertwig touches on some of our deepest national myths, only to push in, breaking the veneer of patriotism to reveal something much more potent."Contemporary Verse 2

"The consequences of the indiscriminate violence of war are made delicate in spite of an uneasiness with making poetry of it." —Montreal Review of Books

Hertwig's collection builds toward a tender reconstruction that resists being overwrought."—Domenica Martinello, Canadian Notes & Queries

"When it comes to Canadian war literature, Slow War is the new required reading"—Noah Cain, Prairie Fire Magazine