At age nineteen, Hugh Martin withdrew from college for deployment to Iraq. After training at Fort Bragg, Martin spent 2004 in Iraq as the driver of his platoon sergeant's Humvee. He participated in hundreds of missions including raids, conducting foot patrols, clearing routes for IEDs, disposing of unexploded ordnance, and searching thousands of Iraqi vehicles. These poems recount his time in basic training, his preparation for Iraq, his experience withdrawing from school, and ultimately, the final journey to Iraq and back home to Ohio.
Hugh Martin holds an MFA from Arizona State University. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
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...Martin breaks little new ground in the craft of verse. What he offers instead...are thoughtful recollections, scary memories, articulate reflections, and the resolve of a man who has been there.Read Full Review of The Stick Soldiers (New Poets... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
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