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 pagesometimes 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
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