A Soldier-Poet Speaks

If you still haven’t checked out the New York Times’ “Home Fires” series, have a look at the work of this soldier-poet who recently returned from Iraq.

As many  have pointed out, most of us know little or nothing about the people fighting this war, many of whom will carry its scars forever. Endless critics have said there is no “shared sacrifice” and that’s true. Perhaps reading the words of those who have been there will do something to bridge the gap.

 I don’t know if this man’s work will ever be ranked with great wartime writers like Wilfred Owen and Ernest Hemingway, but I think he’s got some striking, haunting lines, and his work reminds me that the young men and women fighting and dying there are far more than serial numbers and names in the obit column.

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