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CONTESTED TERRAIN captures the myriad identities inside a veteran shaped by birth, geography and, later, a set of experiences that belie any hand-me-down wisdom. "Cave Country" sees the green, fertile surface give way as the illusion collapses beneath the speaker's feet; in "Desert Skies," a barrage of war images hit faster than the speaker can process them; and "Returning ...more
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Published October 1st 2017 by FutureCycle Press
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We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts:


DOMESTIC DOGS RUNNING LOOSE

No one seems to understand what dogs
at night are chasing, if the night itself
will turn these dogs to something wild
with longer teeth, a keener smell.

Four sets of amber eyes peer out from a copse
of cedar trees betrayed by headlight beams.
A driver turning on an ess-shaped curve
ignores the sight his headlights catch, sweeping

through a neighbor’s field, exposing them.
A fool ignores these wild dome
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I bought this book after listening to an excellent presentation by D.A. Gray at the Poetry Society of Texas Summer Conference. Many of these poems are quietly powerful. They do not punch you in the gut but settle into the psyche. The prompting of a cascade of thoughts is one basis of poetry and Gray is an education in himself.

Many of the poems are thoughts or reflections of Gray as a former soldier. If you have been in combat, you may discover deeper levels to his words but you do not have to be
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Courtney Smith
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many dog-eared pages, so many lines underlined. His childhood poems, such as "Chicken Tree" and "Lime," took me back to mine (I grew up in the country, t00). Then, he took me to war. Gray shares the experiences of the soldier, the nurse, and the veteran grappling with memories, pain, and how to return "normal" life, whatever that is. He brought me back again to live in a neighborhood not unlike my own and contemplates the contradictions that exist within himself and all of us; the struggle be ...more
Lisa Stice
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These poems inwardly and outwardly reflect on change: in landscape, in experiences, in perspective.
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Honestly, I'm just glad I got to read it.
Splendid!
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