This collection of lyric poems wrestles with a sense of self that has become fragmented by the experience of war. Christopher P. Collins has taken his tours in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, extracted their emotional shrapnel, and examined their toll on his civilian life. He considers the two sides of himself that have been wrought in these parallel lives. One is the self of the citizen-soldier, and the other is the self of the husband and father. His poems reveal the brutal ways in which these selves collide and bleed into one another.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER P. COLLINS teaches composition and creative writing at the University of Cincinnati. He is a former military officer and a twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, having completed three overseas combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the 2015 winner of Farmingdale’s Paumanok Poetry Award and has published one poetry chapbook, Gathering Leaves for War. He lives in Independence, Kentucky.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Warfare poetry--sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? Through My American Night, Christopher P. Collins pulls back the veil and reveals the personal battle of a soldier. The soldier's strife between who he is in relation to his family and who he is in the reality of his mission is all encompassing. The friction of the balance of wins and loses in both areas of his life, the erosion... He doesn't hold much back. It took me a while to get through the painfully raw poetry; I would read a little and need to put it down. I don't like to think on a soldier's "emotional shrapnel" that leaves scars while he defends my way of life thousands of miles away. Collins's poetry is personal and as powerful as a full length memoir. This book will complement both: a poetry and a military collection. Recommended.