The Stick Soldiers (New Poets of America)

December 8, 2020
The Stick Soldiers (New Poets of America)

At age nineteen, Hugh Martin withdrew from college fordeployment to Iraq. After training at Fort Bragg, Martin spent 2004in Iraq as the driver of his platoon sergeant's Humvee. Heparticipated in hundreds of missions including raids, conductingfoot patrols, clearing routes for IEDs, disposing of unexplodedordnance, and searching thousands of Iraqi vehicles. These poemsrecount his time in basic training, his preparation for Iraq, hisexperience withdrawing from school, and ultimately, the finaljourney to Iraq and back home to Ohio.Hugh Martin holds an MFA from Arizona State University. He is aStegner Fellow at Stanford University.