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War Poems A Marine's Tour by Christopher Pascale
War Poems A Marine's Tour 2003-2008 by Christopher Pascale
War Poems A Marine's Tour 2003-2008 by Christopher Pascale is a record of a veteran Marine's service in the Marine Corps and Iraq from 2003 to 2008 in poetry form. The book is 173 pages long through Amazon kindle.
The book begins with the author sharing his motivations for joining the army as well as a bit of his state of mind at the time he joined and how his views changed over time. I found this part of the book to e particularly interesting because it gave me insight into who the author was as a person when he joined as well as how he changed due to war.
The book is organized by poem topic and before each section of poems the author discusses when and why he wrote the poems and a bit about the overall topic of them. For instance there is a set of poems that he wrote when his girlfriend broke up with him when he was in basic training. I personally really liked this method of organization as it gave me an understanding of why the author was writing the poem and the bit of background gave me a better understanding of the poem.
Overall, I found the poems to all be very emotional. It was clear to be as I was reading this that the author had poured all of his feeling into his poems. The level of emotion was what made them all so real to me. I liked the style of writing the author used for the poems as it made them all easy to understand and interpret.
Make sure to check out the author interview below!
What inspired you to write this book?
I've generally always written, and up until a few years ago I frequently wrote poetry.
Which part was the hardest for you to write and why?
There were hard times, like when I wrote "Falling Down" or "Jimmy Braddock," but the writing was never hard. What was hard in terms of writing was realizing that I had to compose the work into a product that would be consumer-friendly. For years I tried to publish books that were simply a pile of poems written during a specific period of time. As a result I endured 15 years of rejection for various projects.
What made you choose to write a book on this topic?
My uncle [the author Dr. Rob Pascale] heard me read "Memorial Day" and invited me to have dinner with him. He gave me the advice that led to the current version of the book, which was written in 2012, accepted for publication in 2014, and released November, 2016.
What made you decide to become an author?
I'm not an author. I'm an accountant. I decided to become an accountant because I always wanted to have a family, and my father provided well for us, so (against his wishes) I studied business. So today I have many business skills and contacts in the fields of accounting and law, but am frankly fairly terrible at it. Meanwhile, I'm actually a terrific writer, but don't have a single damn contact in the publishing world save for Ray Merriam, who published my book,
What makes you qualified to write a book on this topic?
It's about a part of my life. To quote the eminent Professor Turgeson, 'I was there. I wasn't in a classroom reading about it......' [For the rest of that quote, CLICK HERE.]
What made you decide to write a book of poems instead of a fictional or nonfictional book.
I've written several books on a variety of topics; this is just the one that got published.
2003-2004: I wrote a 74,000 word novel about an insurance salesman who has a personality disorder.
2005-2006: I wrote a 90,000 word sci-fi novel about 2 marines who are POWs in Iraq for 3 years, which was almost published, but the publisher went bankrupt after the 2008 housing crash. I later had the book professionally edited and did my own market research (I have a degree in marketing) before trying to get it published again.
2012: I wrote a couple books that I tried to sell to other authors, one of which led to a deal to ghostwrite a book for a very successful businessman. After 16 months he offered to buy me out. We negotiated but never reached an agreement, so I own half the intellectual property to a manuscript that will likely never earn a penny.
2012-2014: I did an experiment that I then wrote a 39,000 word manuscript about from 2014-2015.
2016: I wrote 6 episodes for a TV show I created with my oldest daughter. I keep pitching it. I'm thinking of giving it to some film students or a high school BOCES program - just so that it becomes more than it is since I don't seem to be able to.
Today: I'm composing a book of essays - funny true stories from my life - and am also writing a Christian novel about a widower who is depressed and considers suicide as his adult son is struggling to raise a child on his own. It's about 20,000 words along.
During all of these years, and prior, I've worked on poems, stories, articles, books, but nearly no one wants to read anything I write, making the real question, I think, what is wrong with me that I would keep trying to be a writer when I'm so unsuccessful at it? To that I can only say that I have an extremely high tolerance for rejection, and recognize that one day very soon I'll be dead, so what does it really matter; at least I tried, which is a hell of a lot better than the alternative.
What first got you interested in poetry?
Reading poetry when I was younger. And then receiving positive feedback for work I wrote.
What advice would you give to your readers?
Do what you want with your life. Because by the time you're done blinking your eyes you're going to be fucking dead - six feet in the ground, or your ashes spread over this Earth like so much other garbage.
Oh yeah, and don't take advice from me. I've failed at almost everything I ever tried to do, and would do it again.
What type of person do you believe would benefit the most from your book?
Veterans and their relatives.