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I Like War [Kindle Edition]

Allen Taylor
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Book Description

Iraq War veteran Allen Taylor put together a chapbook of poems based on his experience as a battle captain stationed at al Taqaddum Air Base in Western Iraq in 2005. These poems are provocative and full of rich imagery. They are musical and poignant. Allen Taylor could very well go down in history as a war poet to pay attention to.

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From the Author

I was a National Guard officer serving in 2/112, 56 BCT in 2004 when our unit was activated and served one year in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Despite my misgivings about the war, I served my time and resigned my commission on returning home. These poems reflect some of my disappointments and joys during that time.

I wrote the first poem in this collection, "Things I Wish I'd Said," while on the plane to Iraq in 2005. I wrote a few while in the country that year and the rest when I got home.

Some of the poems in this collection have been previously published online or in print. Poems include:
  • I Like War
  • Trapped
  • Music
  • Piano
  • Things I Wish I'd Said
  • Love And War
  • Ceasefire
  • Gunfight In Manhattan
  • Six Thousand-Mile Dream
  • SSG Good Man
  • No Exit

From the Inside Flap

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.
    Robert E. Lee

Product Details

  • File Size: 110 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Garden Gnome Publications (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KM624Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 9, 2014
By LAN Guy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like poetry and I have been reading some of the literary works being produced by vets of our longest war ever.

I was moved by "Redeployment" and "Fire and Forget", two books of short stories by veterans of our Iraq and Afghanistan adventures.

I had high hopes for this volume, but they were not met.

Neither the poetry, nor the stories were as impactful as the books mentioned above.

I'd give a grade of C+/B-. Good, but could be better.

I would encourage Mr Taylor to continue writing. And maybe work at refining and polishing his poems a bit more.
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More About the Author

Allen Taylor is the publisher at Garden Gnome Publications (GGP) and editor of the Biblical Legends Anthology Series, published by GGP. He is an Iraq War veteran, a poet, an essayist, and a fiction writer. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks and the full-length poetry collection "Rumsfeld's Sandbox."

In fiction he writes mostly in the weird speculative fiction literary genre. His satire is biting and tends to mock social conventions and political ideologies. He also dabbles in the horrific.

Allen is an award-winning journalist and works full time as a ghostwriter and freelance writer through


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