Kudos to my good friend Dustin Parks, a graduate of
Alexandria Senior High West Monroe High School, who as a member of the United States Army has served in the War in Iraq (and who is currently stationed overseas), for publishing his first book of poetry Karma Come Home, which is available by LuLu Press. It’s a prescient and probing collection.
This day and age, soldiers don’t usually write books of poetry. (Though there was a time in which this was more common). And yet Dustin, for some crazy and righteous reason, was compelled to write and publish his own poetry– a collection of beautiful and intelligent poems primarily concerned with identity, communication, the nature of place, and violence.
Dustin, by the way, is the brother of Casey Parks, the remarkable writer from Alexandria who has written for The New York Times and currently writes for The Oregonian.