I Dream My Brother Plays Baseball

by Lisa L. Siedlarz

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I Dream My Brother Plays Baseball, by Lisa Siedlarz (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2009), vi, 30 pp. Paper. ISBN 978-0-9796066-6-3

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"Siedlarz's debut collection of poems about her brother's life as a soldier in Afghanistan shimmers like the heat over desert sand where civilians and soldiers alike are caught and often destroyed by powers that cannot be controlled. Set in a terrain 'where nothing continues to bloom,' poems from the brother's voice give a graphic picture of the gritty day-to-day life of both American and Afghani soldiers fighting an unending war. However, the poems reveal that in this unforgiving land where even 'poppies smack their red faces in the breeze,' the human spirit refuses to let laughter and celebration get swallowed."
—Vivian Shipley, author of When There Is No Shore, winner Connecticut Book Award for Poetry

"Spiders, camels, horrific wounds, deaths, sands of Afghanistan shift into Siedlarz's lines. She's brought us to this place of 'hot winds and diesel / and disinfectant' and we're fascinated, borne to needed realizations that define the start of our new century."
—Dick Allen, author of Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected and Present Vanishing: Poems

"The poems in I Dream My Brother Plays Baseball explode with passion and power. Unforgettable and moving, these poems are ones you will return to again and again."
—Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Winner of American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us