Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

Old Soldiers Fading Away

Appropriately enough for the first postal delivery day after Memorial Day, I received my copy of John J Dunphy's haiku chapbook, Old Soldiers Fading Away, which was recently published by Pudding House.

It's a sobering tribute to veterans and those affected by war and I'd highly recommend it. Many of these haiku, haiku sequences, and haibun were first published in places like Modern Haiku, Acorn, Frogpond, and RAW NerVZ.

Patricia Prime recently reviewed this chapbook on Gerald England's New Hope International Review website. Click here for the review. I would agree with her assessment of Dunphy's work here.

My favorite piece is a haiku sequence called "Return to the Wall," which John has allowed me to post in its entirety

Return to the Wall

removing her wedding ring
she brushes it along
her husband's name

son of an MIA
the flag pin on his lapel

woman touches a name
while looking at
an old photo

elderly couple
their faces reflected
over the son's name

man in a filthy army jacket
tries to scratch on
his name

a candle
left burning on the ground
its flame almost out

(c) John J Dunphy

First printed in Frogpond XIV:4,
received Museum of Haiku Literature Award,
reprinted as part of "The Wall" sequence in Prayers to Protest: Poems that Bless & Center Us(Pudding House, 1998)
reprinted in John's new chapbook, Old Soldiers Fading Away,ISBN 1-58998-409-9, Pudding House, 2006

Autographed copies can be ordered for $7.00, checks written to John Dunphy, from The Second Reading Book Shop,16 E Broadway,Alton, IL 62002
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