A Military Writers Society of America 2016 Gold Medal in Poetry winner! An overseas tour de force and a memoir-in-verse! An evergreen satire of the "Forever War" in Afghanistan and Iraq!
Armed with deadpan snark and poker-faced patriotism-and rooted in the coffee-black soil and plain-spoken voice of the American Midwest-journalist-turned-poet Randy Brown reveals behind-the-scenes stories of U.S. soldier-citizenship. "From Boot Camp to Bagram, Afghanistan." And back home again.
The book includes haiku, sonnets, and less-traditional forms of poetry, intended to create moments of emphathy and conversation among military veterans and civilians.
Here's a taste:
THREE CUPS OF CHAI-KU
I had hoped, I guess,
for something more like Starbucks,
not yellow water.
We build our nations one tea party at a time.
They serve, we protect.
No one here can lead this endless talk of action.
"Que shura, shura."
|Publisher:||Middle West Press LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)|
About the Author
Brown's often-humorous military-themed poetry and non-fiction have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. He was the 2015 winner of the inaugural Madigan Award for humorous military-themed writing, presented by Negative Capability Press, Mobile, Ala.
Brown was the 2012 winner of the Military Reporters and Editors' (M.R.E.) independent-blogging category, and a past finalist in the Milblogging.com awards' reporter (2011) and veteran (2012) categories.
He is the current poetry editor of Military Experience & the Arts' literary journal As You Were.