Daniel Swift's Bomber Country: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
Mr. Swift is a young British book critic, and when I first spied the subtitle of his book (“The Poetry of a Lost Pilot’s War”), I got a sinking feeling. Here we go, I thought. He’s discovered some modestly appealing verse that an Allied pilot left behind in a drawer, and he’s going to walk us through it, in some elegiac version of a PowerPoint presentation. Thanks, but no thanks — I’ve got e-mail to catch up on.