MARIN IJ: Poet Gillian Conoley questions war, peace in new book

gilianconoley.jpgAs an English professor at Sonoma State University, Gillian Conoley is surrounded by young people.

One day it occurred to her that they've grown up in a strange time -- a world that has only known war.

"My generation, we had a gap between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, about a 10-year gap. We grew up with a really different sense of faith in our government and democracy," the 58-year-old Conoley says. "People in their 20s now "... they don't have that same sense of pride in our country or faith in our country, and there's this sense of nonstop war. Rather than writing a book about war and bemoaning that, I wanted to write about peace."

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