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A Book of Poetry and Prose: Postcards from My Lai Robert W Hodson

A Book of Poetry and Prose: Postcards from My Lai

Robert W Hodson

Published October 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781432781583
Hardcover
96 pages
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 About the Book 

The Beach Boys would have you believe Kokomo is an island oasis, vaguely somewhere in the Caribbean. Not even close. I grew up in Kokomo, was half-raised there throughout the turbulent sixties and early seventies, alongside my beautiful sister andMoreThe Beach Boys would have you believe Kokomo is an island oasis, vaguely somewhere in the Caribbean. Not even close. I grew up in Kokomo, was half-raised there throughout the turbulent sixties and early seventies, alongside my beautiful sister and our older brother who died far too young- our familys first casualty in a war wed barely understood. A war fought not only in color-conscious streets and green-burdened jungles but waged in the frangible tissue of a childs heart and the foetus temple of a youthful soul. Our Kokomo was not so much a town in central Indiana as it was a time. A time marked by violence and Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement and the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beatles and countless beatings ... madness and the My Lai massacre. In my childs mind-and even now-I will forever associate our Kokomo with that luckless village in the coastal lowlands of eastern Qu ng Ngai Province. When I escaped Kokomo at age fifteen, I thought Id gotten out alive. I was mistaken- its just that some people bleed out slower than others. My death would take years, and I would wreak a wide path of heartbreak and destruction all along the way. Cornfield or rice paddy ... Kokomo or My Lai-hell is hell. Choose your poison. No, no, dont set the cup down. Drink up and join me ... if only for a few hours. I hope you will hate this book as much as I do. I will always be haunted by the Kokomo of my childhood, but its to there Ill always return ... if only to find the boy.