The Poetry of the Taliban


At your Christmas, Bagram is alit and brightOn my Eid, even the rays of the sun are deadSuddenly at midnight, your bombs bring the lightIn our houses, even the oil lamps are turned off. On Eid, by Khepulwaak Afghanistan is a country of poets. “The Poetry of the Taliban” would seem to be a very … Continue reading The Poetry of the Taliban

Review: Earth & Ashes


Atiq Rahimi is one of several Afghan writers who has become well known in the West. Born in Kabul, he studied at the Lycée Esteqlal where he learned French. After the Soviet invasion, he and his family fled first to Pakistan, and then to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne. Rahimi first began to … Continue reading Review: Earth & Ashes

Marketing for Introverts


I came across Lauren Sapala’s book, “Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers,” while looking for material on marketing for authors. While I don’t identify as a “Highly Sensitive Person,” I am an introvert – albeit one trained by 26 years in the Army to act like an extrovert – and self-marketing doesn’t … Continue reading Marketing for Introverts

The Artist’s Journey


Some of you may know the author Steven Pressfield from his military fiction novels such as “Gates of Fire,” or as the screenwriter for “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” As of late, his focus has shifted towards providing guidance to artists of all stripes, based on his own experiences. Books like “The War of Art,” … Continue reading The Artist’s Journey

Review: My War Gone By…


I think that Anthony Lloyd’s autobiographical book on his experiences in Yugoslavia as a photojournalist is, hands down, the best book on war that I’ve ever read. There are better books, to be certain, on commanding troops in combat, that help to understand the nature of a particular conflict, or on the theory of war. … Continue reading Review: My War Gone By…

Review: Vividly Diverse Haiku


Tanya Bailey’s recently published collection of poetry, “Vividly Diverse Haikus,” contained some surprising lessons for me. I think that most people connect with haiku through their own experiences of grade school English. Trying to make a poem that fit the 5-7-5 rhythm and still made sense could be challenging, although the restrictions seemed arbitrary and … Continue reading Review: Vividly Diverse Haiku