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Love Poems for Cannibals Paperback – February 5, 2013
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One of his poems moved me to the core of my being, made all the more important because he and I were in Vietnam at about the same time. Here are some snippets from the poem:
The ensign remembers
What Marine Corporal Pruett
Told him early that morning,
The story of shooting someone
Who was running away
In black pajamas
At a distance of 300 yards
(that’s about a quarter of a click)
In broad daylight.
As Corporal Pruett approached
The black-pajama figure
Lying on the ground,
He saw a woman
About his mother’s age.
As the woman
Gasped for air,
The sound of blood
Gurgling in her throat,
Preventing her from crying out.
I wanted to learn more about this amazing poet, so I searched the Internet and found a note he had written about the poem:
“I created this poem from a diary entry I made while serving in Da Nang, Vietnam, as a boot Ensign/Clinical Psychologist in the Medical Service Corps. I made this diary entry on November 25, 1967, shortly after talking with this 19-year-old Marine Corporal. I was very moved by his integrity and anguish. I wrote the following in my diary:
“‘I saw an extremely interesting young Marine today, a Cpl referred to us because of recurrent nightmares in the field. On 18 or 19 November (1967) he had mistakenly shot a Vietnamese woman from a distance of 300 yards after firing two warning shots over her head. Later, he learned that she was the mother of a 10-year-old girl, and her husband had been killed by Marines earlier in the year.Read more ›
Keen's voice is satirical and in-your-face. He is constantly questioning and dissecting -sometimes with sarcasm and wit, often with skepticism and darkness. His poetry varies in style. There are poems that are conversational and more accessible to the masses. Then there are those that are styled using repetition and verse.
The book is delivered in eight sections exploring war, religion, spirituality & social commentary.
For me personally, the second last poem in 'Love Poems for Cannibals' hits the hardest. Keen shares a war tale his father divulged to him. Be warned it is fairly horrific & traumatic.
Keen says: Maybe if I tell the story to you, that will help me get rid of it.
A strong yet dark collection. Recommended for those with a tough heart.
You think you're settling in for a nice poetic journey? Well Keen's work keeps the reader on their toes. You will be unable to relax, as he pulls out some more ammunition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“Love Poems for Cannibals” plays a series of poems set along eight theme lines. These theme lines of Raymond Keen’s book are contained in year defined era subsets. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bill Black
Love this book - beautiful poems/prose. Looking forward to more from this authorPublished 22 months ago by RoseS
I've owned this book since August 2013. I'll read a page or two, set it aside to write my own poetry or read a different book, see this one on the shelf, pick it up and repeat. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Carl Palmer
Raymond Keen is exceptionally good. This work of his is un-putdownable. Poems that can lift you very high, and soothe you. He is an author on the move.Published on April 20, 2014 by RemyDan
It is deserves a five-star because I believe it's the best of its genre. It's spans an era in scope. The poetry is insightful and sometimes disturbing.Published on January 18, 2014 by John C. Braman