Mars Base One (a rolling blackout)

She drives with the skill
of an old alcoholic as she
confidently pulls right
up to the guard rail

She’d been listening to
a radio show about the
long-time secret military
base we have on Mars

Then she looks in the back
and sees two sleeping women
that she doesn’t know and has
no idea how they even got there

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Bill McCloud

Bill McCloud, a three-time Teacher of the Year, has been teaching American history since 1974. His new book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, published by the Balkan Press, consists of 107 poems that take the reader, chronologically, through his year in Vietnam. David Willson, poetry editor of the VVA Veteran says the poems rank “right at the top of the heap” of Vietnam War poetry. Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the current poet laureate of Oklahoma, calls the book “necessary reading.”

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