has lived a full, passionate life, and the generous, heartsprung poems in 'General Issue Blues' reflect his
wonder at the going."
"Once a tough kid from Butte, Sonny Gratzer
came home from Viet Nam with a chest full medals and severe war wounds.
Readers need to keep a keen eye and ear open for Gratzer
and other veterans who write.
poems capture the scent of combat, the dangers and miseries of war, and the many kinds of wounds suffered even after the battles have been fought."
Vivid and haunting review: A reader from Montana
undeniably powerful poems are reminders that every person is shaped and haunted by something.
vivid images of the Vietnam War and its after effects on his
life, an almost unbearable loneliness emerges.
Written from an inner territory of emotional and physical turbulence, his
collection of love and war poems depicts a body and soul torn, stitched, torn and mended again while forever visible scars remain."
A hard-hitting description of war's impact on a soldier: A reader from Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Captain Sonny Gratzer, as a commander, was the stereotype of the leader whose men would follow him anywhere.
"Sonny" Gratzer, a.k.a. "Papa-San", is my best friend, my hero and as I tell everyone, "the main man in my life.
"Having read Sonny Gratzer's
General Issue Blues, I was stunned to know he
could read my mind.
When I read Gratzer's
words, I felt as if I had written them.
"I have known Sonny
The "Iron Man" has kicked the devil and has no fear with the exception of yellow lights.
knows the meaning of the word "whiff", we shared that on a few occasions.
, a father, a soldier, and a true friend.
Remember buy more ammo."
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