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Between the Lines is my weekly radio show about books and writers with a Michigan connection. It airs every Tuesday at 7:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., and 4:20 p.m. (or listen anytime online), on WMUK 102.1 FM, Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate. I am the host of Between the Lines.
This week's guest: Bruce Lack
Poetry probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a hardened, experienced Marine. Bruce Lack served two tours, spending 21 months in Fallujah, Iraq. And he says it was poetry that helped him return to civilian life.
While Lack had long enjoyed creative writing, he says poetry synthesized the complex and difficult emotions of coping with the experience of combat and his return to the world back home. There, only those who have also experienced combat truly understand how jarring one reality can be when juxtaposed with another.