Postscript to War: Poems, by Bill Glose





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Alternate History"
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Higher Math"
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Junking"
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IN THE NEWS

Poquoson Poet Bill Glose Wins Honor for Military Composition, by Mike Holtzclaw, The Daily Press


Award winning poems in this collection

"What the Bomb Wants": 2019 winner of the National Award for Veteran's Poetry given by the Missouri Humanities Council

"Talisman" nominated in 2019 for the Pushcart Prize by Tar River Poetry

"Zeno's Paradox": 2019 winner of the Sarah Lockwood Memorial (Poetry Society of Virginia)

"I.E.D.": Winner of the 2018 Heroes' Voices Poetry Award

"Phases of Erasure" nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2018 by Rattle

"Amid the Dancing Glee": 2018 winner of the Judah, Sarah, Grace and Tom Memorial (Poetry Society of Virginia)

"Questions Raised by Black Scorpions": 2016 winner of the National Award for Veteran's Poetry given by the Missouri Humanities Council

"P.T.S.D.": Artist's Choice Winner of the Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge (October 2016)

"Anatomy Lesson": 2016 winner of the Nancy Byrd Turner Memorial (Poetry Society of Virginia)


What others are saying

“During a time when many have compared the global struggle to defeat COVID-19 to a war, Bill Glose's book is especially relevant. His "postscript" focuses on what came after his service in the first Iraq War—the painful memories of violence and loss as well as the happy memories of camaraderie among soldiers. His poems also recall the innocence and idealism that precedes wars. These gritty, passionate, well-crafted recollections of war are destined to endure.”
Henry W. Hart
Poet Laureate of Virginia (2018-2020), author of Familiar Ghosts, Background Radiation, The Life of Robert Frost: A Critical Biography, and James Dickey: The World as a Lie.

“This powerful collection of poetry by veteran of the first Gulf War, Bill Glose, manages to be violently truthful, harshly hopeful, angry and yet forgiving. Probably only a combat veteran could have written anything with this truth; but only a poet gifted with the ability to find the right images and words could have made the ugly, fearful, heroic truth so beautiful and moving.”
David Anthony Sam
former President of Germanna Community College, author of Dark Fathers & Other Poems, Final Inventory, and four other books

Postscript to war updates and adds to the genre of war literature, as storytelling and as a lyrical account of being a paratrooper in The Gulf War. Through often startling and powerful imagery, Glose evokes a surprising range of emotional tone. In spite of grim honesty, these poems do not acquiesce to gratuitous blood and guts. His language is informed, concise, and sensitive, yet his concerns are humanity's concerns—everything we demand of superlative poetry.”
Frederick Wilbur
author of As Pus Floats the Splinter Out.

“Winning a war is glory; fighting the war is gory. Bill lived it and survived to write about it in his powerful style. When he unloads wartime experiences in well-crafted narratives, it brings tears of recall to his eyes, and to his audiences'. In an area that is home to many fine poets, Bill Glose has emerged to be among the best. When you read this, I'm certain you will agree.”
Ed Lull
former President of the Poetry Society of Virginia, author of Where Giants Walked, Creating Form Poetry: A Poet’s Handbook, and The Sailors: Birth of a Navy

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