Praise for Terminal Leave:
Frank Blake has joined a growing list of veterans attempting to bridge the civil-military divide through his voice. The poems in Terminal Leave show a world that is incompatible with the tired abstract talking points of freedom and support the troops. These poems, rather, give the reader a view through the soldier’s senses, the smell of burning, the feel of radiating heat long after dark, the sound of generators and night music from the desert and the transcendent sight of bright stars in the middle of nowhere. This life, ‘unable to fit back into . . . pre-detonation shape,’ shows readers the distance between the person who left and the person who returned, that the lives of our warriors resist being limited to a single easy story.
— D.A. Gray, author of Contested Terrain
About DA Gray:
D.A. Gray’s poetry collection, Contested Terrain, was recently released by FutureCycle Press. His previous collection, Overwatch, was published by Grey Sparrow Press, 2011. His work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Good Men Project, Still: The Journal and War, Literature and the Arts among many other journals. Gray holds an MFA from The Sewanee School of Letters and an MS from Texas A&M-Central Texas. Retired soldier and veteran, the author writes and lives in Central Texas.
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