All the Heat We Could Carry

All the Heat We Could Carry

by Charlie Bondhus


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All the Heat We Could Carry by Charlie Bondhus

This collection, at turns intimate, at turns troubled by all that war is, gives us what we admire most in the poems that call to us again and again: a complicated look at what we've been trained to look away from. These poems enlarge what the reader will understand masculinity can embody, and tell a tale of the way we all resist ruin and come to be shaped by it in inexplicable ways.
—Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of the 2010 Beatrice Hawley award-winning Shahid Reads His Own Palm

Charlie Bondhus gives us a revelation of war's cost through a series of personae: Soldier, lover, friend, battle-buddy, even mortician. The cost each bears cannot be shown in a body count or Op-Ed. Rather, Bondhus' poems read like war photographs, snapshots of singular sets of eyes peering off the edge of the page—sometimes at horror, sometimes at the connections that make them human and not instruments of policy. This collection provides an empathetic look at Soldiers and those around them, and never flinches.
—Allen Gray, author of Overwatch and U.S. Army veteran

Cancellation of the Armed Services' "Don't ask, don't tell" policy allowed gay soldiers to come forward and give an account of their experience. Charlie Bondhus has drawn on available information in order to write revealing and even searing interior monologues from the point of view of gay soldiers as well as their partners. Because of his imaginative sympathies and diligent research, he has managed to produce poems that are fully credible and moving. This collection is likely to change our perspective on the war in Afghanistan just as it gives us a truer sense of the life of American gay men in our time.
—Alfred Corn, author of Tables

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599484365
Publisher: Main Street Rag
Publication date: 11/28/2013

About the Author

Charlie Bondhus's previous books include How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love—which won Brickhouse Books's 2008-2009 Stonewall Award—and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears in numerous journals, including The Hawai'i Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Alabama Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, Assaracus, and The Baltimore Review, among others. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.

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