Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present is a thought-provoking collection of poems and photographs exploring the Civil War and its enduring impact on American culture. The book, edited by David C. Ward, a historian from the National Portrait Gallery and Frank H. Goodyear III, former curator of photographs from the National Portrait Gallery, features both modern and period poems and photographs to create a powerful conversation between past and present.
Lines in Long Array features works from Pulitzer Prize-winners, whose modern voices interact with the 19th-century literary voices who witnessed the Civil War. Together, all of these voices cover a vast range of Civil War experience, from the slave and immigrant experience to the highest reaches of the political spectrum. Many poems also explore the eternal problem of race in America and offer new interpretations of the African American experience. The themes in the poems are reinforced by modern photographs from Sally Mann and period photographs from Alexander Gardner.