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War Poems: A Marine’s Tour 2003-2008

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War Poems: A Marine’s Tour 2003-2008
  • by Christopher Pascale
    • Merriam Press Poetry Series Number 2
      • First Edition 2017
      • Library of Congress Control Number: 2016906022
      • 100 6x9-inch pages
A veteran Marine records his service in the Marine Corps and Iraq between 2003-2008.


These poems are highly personal, intense, and literary. This book would make an excellent gift for Father's Day or Mother's Day if you have a parent in the Marine Corps.
—Erin O'Riordan

I'm thankful for Mr. Pascale's service to our country - and thankful for this book!

I truly fell in love with this book and recommed it for everyone wether they are army or not.

This is an interesting collection of poems, by someone who has clearly been through a lot.
     I did find the foreward a little confusing as I’m not sure what the authors current opinions of his situation are.
     I also found the first few poems kind of jarring, as they seem to just describe his day, like diary entries of an unsatisfied self entitled guy in his 20s... but in second person some of the time? And often the cursing seems out of place.
     This is a warning that there is cursing and some of the poems are really inappropriate and strange, and if you are a woman they may make you uncomfortable. Actually if you’re a man, they could still make you uncomfortable.
     They do get gradually better as you go along which I guess makes sense because they were written over the years.
     Camping with Dad is probably my favorite as the experience seems very real and not jaded.
     I recommend giving it a read. You might connect with it more than I did. I think the author and I are very different people, so I think others who aren’t so different will like it more.

I was raised around men who served in the military, especially the marines (my father) and reading this book, simply put made me think back on the times that my father would speak of his experiences in war, the anxieties while Waiting for assignments, etc.. But the most profound aspect was actually reading these personal pieces of writing and visualizing, but being able to imagine (and I'm sure my imagination is nothing compared to the real thing) the emotions that he poured into all of his words. I know and understand that some of it wasn't actual events, however, the writing was so well blended and pieced together that it was completely amazing. Mr. Pascale, I thank you for your service and I deeply thank you for sharing your writing. It's an honor to read words that are written in raw emotion and I am glad that you were able to express any of it through writing. I look forward to your next book!
—Nicol Dahlstedt

I didn't really know much about the Marine life before I read Pascale's work, but his poems gave me a pretty good idea. They are filled with intense imagery about life in the Marine Corps. You can feel the overwhelming emotions and anxieties about life during and in-between enlistment. It's a quick read and I was able to finish it within two sittings. I'd recommend this book to soldiers who may feel like they went through a lonely journey, to feel like they're not alone.
—Agnes Musee

People deal with their experiences in war very differently because it is such a personal journey. My dad was in the service for over 22 years and we all lived overseas until I was twelve. As a young person I found that very illuminating and great learning experience. My dad experienced war and all the stuff that comes with it. As we got older he did not talk to much about it but at time would say on this day, month and year this happened and that would be it. My mom said dad went through a lot and what helped him was his family.
     I found this book of poetry to be a good read and hopefully it helped Mr. Pascale with his own challenges. I would recommend this book.
—R.L. Hayes

The poems in this book really speak to one particular soldiers struggle. He was not afraid to speak his mind and even be real about why he joined the marines. It takes courage to admit to the things that the author admitted to and having lived with a soldier, I know that being in the military is not only scary, but messes with your head. I think reading this book can help a lot of people understand a soldier’s mind a little better.
—Nikki Clark

I am always fond of reading good books and especially biographies and war books. I heard of War poems: Marine stories 2003-2008 and I started reading it. I got involved so much that I finished it in one setting. Through this book, I came to know about the life and struggles of the armed people and I really appreciate their efforts. This book is worth reading.
—Adeel Munawar

Beautifully written, very engaging, full of detail and passion. A perfect gift for this upcoming holiday season.
—Amanda Hudson

As an avid poem reader, this was a great read. it was full of heart and each poem was a new opening. Would recommend to any reader, or anyone that enjoys good literature.
—Michelle Qiu

This collection of poems is one of the most personal things I've read in a while. You hear about military activity from the media but rarely do you get such an insightful recollection. This is a great books for students, veterans, researchers, or just anyone who is looking to learn more about what the military is really like.
—Emma B.

I have grown up with a dad who was a marine and he loves to read so this was a perfect gift to give to him. Very well written and enjoyed reading every page of it very personal and very visual. Highly recommend this book to everyone.
—Allyson Griffith

I liked the poetry and stories mixed together I just wish the poems were a little shorter. Hearing his perspective on war didn't seem like just another soldiers tale. Some reality was there and what we might have had or have to do one day. It was nice to hear a marines feelings and what there thinking in poetry. I felt like stories could have been longer.
—Jason Walker

I am not the biggest fan of poetry so I was a little skeptical at first. But I come from a huge family of military and in all branches. Reading this gave an amazing insight into the life of a solider and how war can change you. Sometimes I felt the poems could be a little off ir ramble on but again I am not a huge poetry person. I would definitely say that anybody who has a military family should read this or gift it to a military person.
—Britt Sharer

I'm surprised I haven't heard about this sooner. As far as poetry books go, I don't usually deviate from my normal rotation of artists. However, I'm glad I took a chance. I'll be bringing this to my literary class and I'm sure it will be a hit. The way the poems are written displays the solitude and anxiety that is present in-between assignments. I think civilians everywhere should read this, the insight is amazing.
—Cole Duane Slay

Wow! Gritty. In-your-face. Honest. Be prepared for tough, frank talk from one Marine's perspective. At first, I was a little taken back by the raw language. But go a bit deeper, and you see the heart of a soldier. Purchase and give as gifts (Vets Day soon). I read this on Scribd. Free trial available there. To the author: Thank You For Your Service, Sir!
—Kevin Scott

This book is unlike anything I've ever read before. It has poetry, but it's also an autobiography. Also, there's a forward to provide background on the author, which I was really blown away by. Having known many military people, I never heard of someone doing all of the stuff he had, but asked some friends and family members who said they believe it.
     After reading this I wanted to read more of his work, but there's so little posted online, and there's nothing else in print. However, I did find some articles that mention him in business, which makes me glad to know that maybe the fog of war had lifted, because he's mentioned in something like 10 websites I found.

Product Reviews

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Unflinching epic
Sasha Leshner (New York, NY) 3/5/2017 3:26 PM
War poems is an unflinching series of entries from a man who bravely tells of the real and imagined life of an American marine. The poetry balances solitude and loudness, reflecting the speaker's struggle to bring language into the present of his writing and the permanent place of memory. Christopher Pascale combines autobiography, social commentary, and unflinching introspection to trace the speaker's personal journey and give discursive strength to his experience. The poetry and narrative translations give an authority to poems that otherwise might not sustain the wide time frame they cover. His poetry is a balance of hard and soft, of relationships lost and identity gained through a text we have our own duty to witness, to learn the answer to the question, "How does it feel / to dig your own grave? / they say. Not so bad. / Not so bad."