"…thoughtful recollections, scary memories, articulate reflections, and the resolve of a man who has been there."—Publishers WeeklyAt age nineteen, Hugh Martin withdrew from college when his National Guard unit was activated for a deployment to Iraq. After training at Fort Bragg, Martin spent 2004 in Iraq as the driver of his platoon sergeant's Humvee. He participated in h"…thoughtful recollections, scary memories, articulate reflections, and the resolve of a man who has been there."—Publishers WeeklyAt age nineteen, Hugh Martin withdrew from college when his National Guard unit was activated for a deployment to Iraq. After training at Fort Bragg, Martin spent 2004 in Iraq as the driver of his platoon sergeant's Humvee. He participated in hundreds of missions including raids, conducting foot patrols, clearing routes for IEDs, disposing of unexploded ordnance, and searching thousands of Iraqi vehicles. These poems recount his time in basic training, his preparation for Iraq, his experience withdrawing from school, and ultimately, the final journey to Iraq and back home to Ohio.Hugh Martin holds an MFA from Arizona State University. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University....
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The Stick Soldiers Reviews
The Stick Soldiers joints Brian Turner's "Here, Bullet" as crucial poetry from the Iraq war. Martin's great strength is the clarity of his vision, his precise eye for the details that tell larger stories without didacticism. The voice is honest and direct and there are no poems that break the pace as he moves from basic training to deployment and back to the United States, where the empty words and the gap between those on the home front and the veterans are stunningly effective.This will have a permanent place in the creative engagement with the recent wars.
Hugh Martin is an Iraqi war vet and this is his book of poetry mainly about his experiences in the war. That may seem like the most base, simple, explanation possible of this book but it's the only place I can start. The book won the A. Poulin Prize, too. The author has gone on to pursue poetry and writing as his career. Overall, I'm impressed with the quality of the poetry, and you cannot help but to be impressed with the poet, his experience, and his willingness to share it with the rest of us. It is, expectedly, depressing and harrowing in many places. But it is necessary and beyond that, it is a good, robust, collection of poetry. In places I found Martin's approach a bit trite, but his subject matter overall makes up for that. I can only really recommend that you, as a reader, pick it up and read a couple poems and decide if it interests you or not. If your primary goal is to learn about the war and how vets see it now, this book may help but obvious you'll need a wealth of diverse first-person sources to work with . . . but for those who love poetry and are curious about how a poet in uniform looks back on his life at war, this is probably as close to Wilfred Owen or Siegfried Sassoon of our own time as you'll find.
Hugh's writing is so clean, and so piercing in places, it's like a high-powered rifle shot through the heart. There's no BS to be pondered while out there in the deserts of Iraq, and the poet leaves any and all metaphysical questions about life lingering elsewhere: this genie's bottle produces nothing but searing hard facts and experiences, like the steeled stare an Iraqi local gave the poet during a routine shake down...yet, there's the clincher, the irony of the whole Iraq War for its pawn-soldiers (American or otherwise): each stare of a local, each turn around the corner of a building while on patrol, is nothing if not a metaphysical experience. And, it might even be your last one.
This book floored me. It absolutely took me back to my Iraq deployment--the sights, the smells, the sounds, the absurdity and, at times, beauty of it all--in breathtakingly described detail. This book is so polished and exquisite it's hard to believe it's a debut from this author. This is a "must have" for any 21st century war collection. It easily rivals Brian Turner's "Here, Bullet." Read this book. You won't be disappointed.
Like is a weasel word when we speak about Hugh Martins's account of his time in Iraq. These poems are beyond gritty, all the way to true. Those of us who sit home in our easy chairs and read poetry need to share his experience. It will not change my life, but it will change the way I look at vets and their families. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK, even if you NEVER read poetry.
Pictures of war had me breaking in laughter, other poems I could not get out of my throat fast enough. This is good good work. Serious and rigorous work. The author should be proud.
An incredible book of poetry that gives us insight into the Iraq War, a soldier's experience, and its lasting effect.
Powerful imagery of soldiers in a foreign land. Excellent.
These are some of the best poems ever written. Not just some of the best war poems ever written but poems. Period.