Moving between the languages of love and war, Jehanne Dubrow’s latest book offers valuable testimony to the experiences of military wives. Frequently employing rhyme, meter, and traditional forms, these poems examine what it means to be both a military spouse and an academic, straddling two communities that speak in very different and often conflicting terms.
As in the poet’s earlier collection, Stateside, the poems in Dots & Dashes are explicitly feminist, exploring the experiences of women whose husbands are deployed. But, while Stateside looked to masculine stories of war, Dots & Dashes incorporates the views and voices of female poets who have written about combat. Looking to Sappho and Emily Dickinson, the poet considers how the act of writing allows her autonomy and agency rarely granted to military spouses, even in the twenty-first century. Dubrow catalogs the domestic life of a military spouse, illustrating what it is like to live in a tightly constructed world of rules and regulations, ceremony and tradition, where “every sacrifice already / knows its place.”
Navigating the rough seas of marriage alongside questions about how civilians and those in the military can learn to communicate with one another, Dubrow argues for compassion and empathy on both sides. In this timely collection, Dubrow offers the hope that if we can break apart our preconceptions and stereotypes, we can find what connects all of us.
|Publisher:||Southern Illinois University Press|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including The Arranged Marriage, Red Army Red, Stateside, From the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post. Her poems, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in the Southern Review, New York Times Magazine, and Hudson Review, among others. She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and two fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of North Texas.
Table of Contents
PLEASE STAND BY A Catalogue of the Contents of His Nightstand Reading Poetry on Maryland Public Radio [To a Navy Wife, in Maryland] Ramrod Cadets Read “Howl” Officer Candidate School A Global Force for Good™ USS Ronald Reagan Something Charming Achilles Old Glory Tackle Box CAUTION: HOLE IN SHIP What We Talk about When We Talk about Deployment Much Tattooed Sailor aboard USS New Jersey The Signal Flag [The Dependent Says]
CALLING ANY STATION From the Pentagon Drone Runaway Military Surveillance Blimp Drifts from Maryland to Pennsylvania [When I Marry Eros] Homeport My Husband Calls Me Shipmate Five Poetry Readings Patton POEM November 11 At the Reading of the Antiwar Poets, 2007 Combat Veteran Lives Here Please Be Courteous with Fireworks From the Aberdeen Proving Ground [As for the Sailors] The Alarm
OVER SOS [Then the God of War] A Row of Ribbons Casualty Notification War Widow The Long Deployment [If You Are Squeamish] Photograph of General Petraeus with Paula Broadwell [Lament for This Long Celibacy] Reading Sappho in Pensacola Persuasion Asking and Telling The Beaufort Scale Elegy with Full Dress Blues Armed Services Editions Liberty
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jehanne Dubrow’s newest collection, Dot & Dashes, masterfully plays with the military’s attempts of simplifying and standardizing communication. Morse code and signal flags may work in a theater of war, but it’s poetry like Dubrow’s that elucidates what is actually being fought for. With her almost shape-shifting power of being both intimate and far-gazing, Dubrow examines the difficulty of communication between man and woman, military and civilian, service member and academic. Dots & Dashes acts as a sequel to her earlier, iconic Stateside; the narrators of Dots & Dashes, like those of Stateside, are often full of longing, but this more mature want is weary, wary, more empathetic from too many deployments, and there is a sense that the skirmishes within a marriage can be just as uncertain and gouging as any long separation. Written with the intensity and honesty that makes Dubrow one of our greatest poets, the brilliance of Dots & Dashes reads loud and clear.