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Bonnie Roberts - The above photo was taken at Irene Latham's Poets in the Sky with Cupcakes, where Lynn Roberts (no kin) and I were pink twins. WEAPONS OF CAIN, a memory-vision of Vietnam, is the spellbinding story of Lieutenant Joseph Tompsen, whose tour of duty in Vietnam introduces him to street-wise villagers who become his family and to military cohorts who become his antagonists. Author Thom Brucie has been called a voice of the unheard because of his ability to reveal the sometimes unheralded beatitudes of fortitude and charity through his stories of the everyday deeds of ordinary lives. War Stories, a collection of short stories written by veterans, touches upon every aspect of military life from hard combat to losing a comrade, to making love after being blown up by a mortar to honoring the war dead to remembering the Indian Wars, WWII, lost loves, and surrender to a medical system that never understands its military patients and yet is designed to serve only them. In BROTHER DIONYSUS, veteran Sean Brendan-Brown explores military life and its aftermath through characters as strangely wrought as those peopling Sherwood Andersona€™s fiction and as real as those portrayed in Raymond Barthesa€™ collection of cultural essays, Mythologies. In this collection of short stories about veterans who went to war but left without a war story to tell. Explore with Michael Lund the lives of these veterans who discover being in the service is not something to be edited out of a personal history, but an experience that stays in memory, not an ending but the beginning of a measure of peace, no matter how short the stint, or inglorious.
This eloquent anthology, carefully stitched together by veteran Richard Epstein, contains poetry, prose, and songs written by 21 Memorial Day Writersa€™ Project participants.
These twenty-one short stories tell of the pioneering of those who came from many countries, many customs, many cultures, and brought much of that mix with them to create the American West as we now know it. Not since Breece D'JPancake has a writer the likes of Danny Johnson emerged from the South with all the glory and hell of life attached and intact in his fiction.
In Mickey 6, Vietnam Veteran Koelscha€™s carefully wrought characters, torn between duty and personal ethos, tread deeply into the circumstances that force payment of an eternal price from the souls and minds of those who serve, and from those who lead, as they fight for their country. Composed of riffs on the forms of haiku (extended haiku), memoir (micro memoir) and photography (photosculpture), this electronic book is composed of 51 panels grouped in sets of three as 17 triptychs. The 45 poems that compose KOREAN ECHOES draw the reader into piecing together a puzzle, with each poem presenting a small measure of the Korean War soldier's world, a world wholly embedded in the deepest design at the heart of human experience, embedded as if words were shrapnel, steel moments of clarity rendered from language and pounded into consciousness through Tom Sheehan's craftsmanship, each poem a sharpened moment of awareness of all humanity can be, do, and endure, and still love life and living. In his third espionage thriller, author Dick Reynolds packs the pages with world travel, love, murder and the surreal life of unwilling spy Sandy Gilmartin.
As the sun begins to set on the Soviet Union, desperation slowly grips this once great empire's staunchest champions. Vicky Armstrong, 48-years old, is broke & living in a VW van in California after her husband leaves her for another woman.
Dick Reynolds a€?A romantic thriller chockfull of cross-continental challenges to test Averil and Mark Holloway's 10-year marriage.
The complete anthology & workshop memoir as it appeared in print is available as a FREE eBook.
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This anthology, featuring new and previously published fiction, is loaded with the imaginative powers of veterans from every era of war since the Korean War. Brendan-Browna€™s characters navigate the quagmire of life after military service, never failing to make a strong statement about the state of the culture, never failing to find humor in the most mind-boggling situations, and never failing to disappoint readersa€™ desires to know what ita€™s really like to live after going to war. Forty years after their experience, these veterans begin asking if there is something more to say about their military service. Spanning 1993 a€“ 2011, a period in United States history that began in peacetime and has stretched into the longest war fought by the U.S. Add a measure of Tim O'Brien's stylization of military life and you still have only a glimmer of the storytelling you'll love in the Harry and Bo collection. With themes applicable to warriors of all eras, Mickey 6 chronicles the struggles of leadership in war, of loss of humanity, and of the enduring spirit of those who must return to life from the ravages of war. To form each triptych, these folding-in-upon-center panels are arranged as two tablets of writing that enclose an image, the inner core, a visual representation of the writera€™s thoughts.
KOREAN ECHOES, a poetic testament to the tenacity of the human spirit to survive the killing fields of war through time eternal, presents themes as well known to today's warrior as to the ancient warrior of The Iliad and The Odyssey: the battle to understand war, to achieve reconciliation, and to forgive the enemy and the self. A momentary encounter with a Norwegian beauty sends Sandy, engineer and reluctant spy, on a journey from the groves of Orange County, California to the snowbanks of Norway.
This is the story of the courageous few who fight to hold off that final sunset, and of the American counter-intelligence operatives who bring the Cold War to end game. As Mark's fascination with his first love leads to an affair, will Averil's love endure Mark's tangled web of deceit?
A great volume (for the living room or the class room) to get the conversation started about the wartime experience and military life. With selections from 27 authors complemented with art by veteran Robert Wilson, this collection is packed not only with stories that bleed off the page and into your mind, but also with a new understanding of military life for those who have never experienced it.
Not since Raymond Carver has a writer more clearly shared the vagaries, joys, and comedy of human existence, while revealing the salvation in it for us all.
Among other things, they come to appreciate the lovers, friends, and family who helped them shape a new post-war identity. Will drifting into a life of espionage and romance lead Sandy to the secret of becoming the hero of his own life?
Content on these pages represents thoughts and opinions of the writers & artists, and not the official position of MilSpeak Foundation, its directors or of any other person, organization or institution. Find out in this romp of a novel that will feed your need for more Scandinavian adventure if you love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Revisit the Korean War and Vietnam War on your way to Gulf Wars in memoir written by those who have lived the military life.
Travel through Norway, China, and California with author Dick Reynolds, world traveler and mountain climber, who puts his all into every scene, every twist of plot, and every moment of guilty romantic pleasure. A I need pink to brighten up my face, and I love looking like a pink popsicle and don't mind as long as Lynn looks like one, too. A It IS unusual, Irene, to have a new collection launch and reading in a Pumping Station Museum, but, hey--I like it. A Here she is reading a poetic sky passage from SOULS to KEEP at Irene's launch of her latest poetry collection THE SKY BETWEEN US.


Lynn Roberts read a poetic "sky" passage from her new novel during "open mic." A For those living in Birmingham, Alabama, you can now purchase a copy of Lynn's novel at Jim Reed's bookstore! A Thank you, Irene, for such a creative, fun way of launching your book that gave so many of us a chance to share our poetry as well. A Irene treated many of her poet and writer friends by launching her new book with a "POETS in the SKY with CUPCAKES" celebration at a most unusual site, the Historic Cahaba Pumping Station Museum in Birmingham. A If you want to find out how something that looks like a thunderstorm, feels like a thunderstorms, bends cornstalks in wind like a thunderstorm, is complete with "shredded clouds" and lightning strikes like a thunderstorm, but isn't EVEN a thunderstorm, read the book. A It's a very good read, and you'll learn something about being an imperfect human and how it's okay, and, in fact, the kind of soul you want to keep.A I'm putting the last touches on Harry's book.
A Reading through it tonight, I kept thinking, "What an amazing poet, an amazing human being." A Not all amazing poets are amazing human beings.
A You would think poets would be, but some are just word crafters, and not people of love, insight, and inspiration.
A I think Mule on a Ferris Wheel is only going to publish people and poets like Harry and Jimmy. A Here in all its messiness, happiness, and occasional tumult is family life, the world of parents and children, of marriages ended and new ones begun, of the next generation claiming its place. A Looking at the different roles he has filled--husband, father, grandfather--the man in these poems cherishes and celebrates love while acknowledging the pain it can bring.
A His 54-page thesis, "Travel for Agorophobics" will be published by Aldrich Press and out by next year! Murphy states that 90% of individuals polled have said they would prefer to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones.
Murphy offers a view of death as something other than a "medical event" that need not take place in a sterile hospital and that the time before dying and death itself can be an important part of living in which closure, love, and forgiveness can take place and plans for what the dying person wishes must be put into writing for doctors, other caregivers, and family members.A  The book's scope is far wider than these elements in taking a whole new look at dying and death.
We can't even imagine what the landscape of Alabama literature would be, would have been without you and your labors of love in poetry.A  Congratulations!
Bill Wilson, consultant with the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, will present on "The Realities of Ministry in the 21st Century." Lots of discussion and dialogue! A I need pink to brighten up my face, and I love looking like a pink popsicle and don't mind as long as Lynn looks like one, too. A Here she is reading a poetic sky passage from SOULS to KEEP at Irene's launch of her latest poetry collection THE SKY BETWEEN US. A His 54-page thesis, "Travel for Agorophobics" will be published by Aldrich Press and out by next year!
We can't even imagine what the landscape of Alabama literature would be, would have been without you and your labors of love in poetry.A  Congratulations! Malm's Grief Retreat following the death of my mother in 2002, and found it to be extraordinarily helpful in my own grief process.




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