With Our Eyes Wide Open is an anthology composed of poets from America and around the world who write about the struggles of the world's outcasts, immigrants, and working classes--victimized and then forgotten as nations clash and wage relentless war. Although diverse in their ethnicity, experience, and writing styles, the contributing poets are united by a common interest in promoting peace, justice, and human welfare. They tell of Vietnam and Cambodia, Latin America, Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Chechnya, and Africa. They are concerned for the environment and the well-being of society as a whole, and in this respect they represent an emerging poetic consciousness that is helping to define and shape the imagination and language of the twenty-first century.
Doug Valentine is the author of four books of historical non-fiction, one short novel, and one book of poems. He lives with his wife, Alice, in Massachusetts.