Monday, March 24, 2008
From our readers
I read your poem in the Ny Times magazine, and just came across your website. The poem was very powerful, and I am trying to decide if I'll have the guts to read your book. I am not a mother of a soldier in Iraq (I'm only 24 years old), but I am the girlfriend of a soldier in Iraq. I'm very lucky that he's not in combat and therefore I'm able to convince myself that he's safe.
Also, I wanted to comment on something on your blog: You wrote that you read the news of Iraq voraciously. I do that too, and even today found myself drawn to this heart-wrenching Ny Times piece with excerpts from letters/blog entries from soldiers who died. The last letter was a "just in case" note written by a soldier to his girlfriend. I almost cried. Still, reading all these articles makes me feel connected to my boyfriend somehow, so I do it.
His mother, meanwhile,told me she's had to stop reading the news about Iraq completely.
I think the different coping strategies are interesting.
Best of luck with the book tour.