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Meat grinders

by David S. Pointer

It seemed I’d traded enlistment in
USMC to CMSU Sociology Dept.

yet found myself chest deep inside
ship-to-shore-collegiality bubbles
thinking more about Navaho Code
Talkers Bougainville, Guadalcanal

than Marx, Weber, and Durkheimian
suicide as next generation canvas-oid
stretchers levitated above my ongoing
war dreams: struggling, mountain tips,

sand, and the mind’s interior lagoons
of inky elevated international literature

David S. Pointer served in the Marine military police from 1980-1984. He has recent publications in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Stone Canoe, Tales of the Combat Zone and elsewhere. His new poetry book Oncoming Crime Facts is sold through

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