The Recon Trilogy + 1

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Chicago Review Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.58 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
After receiving an Associate's degree in Social Science and running out of money - having no offers to play college baseball - Ben White started a military career with a two-year enlistment in the U. S. Army. After coming back from Germany, he left his home state of Kentucky to play baseball at the University of New Mexico where he double majored in Philosophy and Creative Writing before joining the United States Coast Guard. Paralleling his USCG tours, Ben completed a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Educational Technology Leadership. Two months after he retired from the Coast Guard, he defended a dissertation on mindfulness. He has since earned a master's in Creative Writing. He is the author of a book-length poem, "Buddha Bastinado Blues," and e-novel of the Cold War, The Kill Gene, and a novella, The Cuban, included in Running Wild Press' Anthology of Novellas, Volume 2. He lives in an almost empty nest with his wife (of 32 years), Katrina, while his sons, Shade and Hudson, venture out (and back) to find their own ways.
"Benjamin White's Recon Trilogy +1 is a gut-dark and grinning fantasia of battle trauma, unpredictable and vigorously headlong. How vast the war within and innumerable the dead . . . and how noble White's mission of rescue." --Donald Morrill, author of Beaut and Awaiting Your Impossibilities
"In a quartet of poems that move from home to war, with stop-overs in Ancient Greece and Mexico, among other locales, Benjamin B. White has found the source of our stories, as he writes, 'The decisions we make, make us.' Whether dying for evac, or missing a leg (and the leg missing the man, in turn), or seeing El Dorado where it isn't, the protagonists of these poems endure their futility bravely; for bravery may indeed be hope despite the loss of hope. Sad, searing, and soulful, these tingling poems document the wartime battles of men victimized by war, soldiers all." - Alan Michael Parker