Ghosts of War in a Wisconsin Forest
November 11, 2019 4:46 AM   Subscribe

An Afghanistan veteran's struggle with ecology and memory, by Bryan Box (CW: suicide, descriptions of violence in war)
posted by Etrigan (9 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
This is a beautifully written piece. Thank you.
posted by which_chick at 5:01 AM on November 11, 2019

Thank you for sharing. (and happy Veteran's Day)
posted by ChuraChura at 6:02 AM on November 11, 2019

This is a good read, thank you for posting.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:24 AM on November 11, 2019

This piece was written with such elegance. Each shift in the telling left me breathless.
posted by pipoquinha at 6:41 AM on November 11, 2019

I just read this and came here to post it, too. What an absolutely incredible and moving piece of writing. I feel shaken. Thanks for putting this up.
posted by chappell, ambrose at 7:51 AM on November 11, 2019

Thanks for this, good post.
posted by Wretch729 at 8:31 AM on November 11, 2019

Thanks for this post. I struggle with PTSD for civilian reasons, but recognize the healing power of the forest. And I'm an army brat. The reality of war is not far away.
posted by mumimor at 9:26 AM on November 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

I wondered, is this fiction? Because it is awfully well-written for someone that isn’t a professional writer.

Well, the answer is “yes, he is a real person,” and he apparently wrote at the Anchorage Daily News before moving to Wisconsin. I hope he finds enough peace in the forest to want to write some more. Or, at least to be happy.
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 9:06 PM on November 11, 2019

Bless them forest!
posted by Oyéah at 3:07 PM on November 12, 2019

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