Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Vet Lit 

I'm interested in reading poems from the frontline(s), because I don't think that their story's the same. Some joined the military after September 11, only to find themselves doing beat-cop work in a country hardly implicated in the terror attacks. Almost half of the troops in Iraq not only didn't join to Crusade in the Mideast, but didn't even join the military proper. These are folks who joined the National Guard for a check & some college, thinking the extent of their action would entail guarding supermarkets from looters after the Mississippi River floods.

It's not realistic to anticipate that men & women in real danger of dying are going to be trumpeting administration rhetoric in their journals. Unless they really believe it, of course. Regardless of how they got there, these are people forced to grapple with life & death & seperation & the past & the present & will there be a future. Now that they're in combat, they aren't walking the streets with targets on their backs for Western civilization anymore. They are fighting, killing & witnessing death around them so that the guy or gal they walk the streets with, who they spent day in & day out with during the last year, will get to go back to their construction job in Jersey- or wherever. Loyalty, death, life, betrayal, regret, redemption- these are the stories that can change literature & lives.

CA, you're right, the news isn't giving you the real story. Why aren't you interested in hearing the truth from the folks living it who are willing to share THEIR experience? And murder may be murder, but it doesn't mean it's not interesting. If it wasn't, True Crime wouldn't sell.

- Frank Sherlock

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