If I Could Find a Way

If I Could Find a Way

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If I Could Find A Way ... is a journey through the Vietnam war, through the aftermath of that war, and hopefully to at least the beginning of healing. These poems present the intensity of combat, and the descent into the darkest of valleys. They reflect the observations of the ordinary as seen through the extraordinary climate of continuous combat. They personify the struggles of dealing with the destructiveness war brings to the souls of those who serve, showing both the pervasiveness and the hidden aspects of the pain and horror. Finally, they offer some small perspective on surviving and moving forward towards inner peace. As the protagonist of the movie Platoon says, "The war is always with me, now." These poems lay out that reality. As a bonus, a number of short writings that received medal recognition at the national level from the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival are included.show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 145g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150789743X
  • 9781507897430

About John M Koelsch

John M. Koelsch served in Vietnam as a Combat Platoon Leader in 1968. He received a Bronze Star w. "V" Device, Purple Heart w. Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. His publications Include a novel about his Vietnam Service-Mickey 6, 13 of his poems and several short stories. He has received 8 gold, 7 silver, and 2 bronze medals at the national level from the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival for his writing. He has been invited to the Festival 3 times and asked to present his work on stage during the 2013 Festival.show more

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