Synopses & Reviews
A PERFECT GIFT OF POETRY FOR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND VETERANS-AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM With humor and grace, Lisa Stice (author of the previously published "Uniform," Aldrich Press, 2016) lovingly interrogates and illuminates life in a military family. "Her close observations of childhood magic and household routines, quietly set against ever-present question-marks of wartime deployment and displacement, are essential and timely insights into the modern military family experience," says the publisher. "If you've ever been a military kid, parent, or spouse-regardless of age or branch or era-you'll find a welcome home in her words." Together with her toddler daughter and little dog Seamus, Stice explores the in-betweens of separation and connection, and the quest for finding one's place in the world-whether child or adult. Stice's signature style is open and accessible-this is poetry for people who think they don't read poetry. Frequently, for example, she borrows phrases from texts she finds readily at hand around the house, including quotations from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," and Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches." In another point of entry, the family's beloved Norwich Terrier often appears as a sentry, companion, and guide. In one poem, "The Dog Speaks," Stice writes: He says, I can't leave. This place is mine- I claimed all the trees. I say, There will be more. After all the temporary homes and all the stops in between, this whole country will by yours.