The Summer Joe Joined the Army
by Walt Nygard
“Walt Nygard's poetry, about wars then and now, mines popular culture and literary traditions, seeking ways for a modern-day bard to convey the nature of things today. Poems in this collection burst like midnight flares beyond the stark bounds of war poetry to illuminate the unsettling terrain on the homefront for a disillusioned Vietnam veteran whose son marched off to a new war; "my oldest son," laments this gray-haired vet, deployed to distant battles over oil and gas supplies from a suburban state whose prime patriotic symbol consists of humongous "American flags flappin' over car dealerships an'/mini-malls...wind-bent, storm-lashed/ almost to the point/ a 'snappin'...
The cover art for this book is a color-enhanced night photo of an artillery barrage in Afghanistan by a 10th Mountain Division unit that included Nygard's son Joe. As this poetry collection was being edited and proofread, Joe Nygard was called back to active duty and shipped to Iraq. Walt Nygard's response was to add to these pages his own pen and ink drawings of peace signs entwined with flowers and American flags, a US soldier waving at a bright night star shining over a desert, and a hand with a pen writing "Dear Joe."
—Jan Barry, author of Earth Songs: New and Selected Poems
|Copyright: ||Walt Nygard|
|Published: ||Mar 2010 First Edition|
|Publisher: ||Post Traumatic Press|
|Interior Ink: ||Black & white|
|Page Count: ||40|
|Dimensions: ||5.00 in. wide X 8.50 in. tall|