As You Were | ISSN 2374-3816 | Spring 2015
They came from all places and from all backgrounds. Each came for his or her own reasons to serve a shared purpose. They brought their unique perspectives with them, too. We were a melting pot, and what we imparted upon one another in terms of experience and ways of seeing the world has made us better human beings.
While I could be referring to military service, instead I am discussing the poets, writers, and artists that came together to produce this volume. Our contributors come from all walks of life – even from beyond the grave. Dillion Naslund penned “Once Again to Be a Little Boy” months before he ended his life after a long battle with post-traumatic stress. But, he left a small part of himself with us before departing. This collection of voices and visions come together to paint a richly complex portrait of the human condition in a military context. We are honored to share them with you. We hope you’re intrigued, touched, and even moved. Above all, we hope you enjoy.
David P. Ervin
April 29, 2015
“Once Again to Be a Little Boy” by Dillion Naslund
“Anguish” by Glenn Roesener
“Grunt” by John Saylor
“The RPG” by Andrew Jones
“Façade” by Dennis Underwood
“Gingko Tree” by Dennis Underwood
“Five-Hour Energy” by Larissa Douglass
“Holographic Angel” by Barbara Harsh
“Many Minutes” by Ryan Barry
“Quetiapine Me a Lullaby” by Travis L. Martin
“A Memory of Gentleness” by Paul Roberts
“Trim the Fat” by Greg White
“The Arrival” by Eric Hannel
“89 Cents” by Dustin Strong
“I Honor You” by Sharon Robino-West
“Strays” by Jerad Alexander
“Another Realm” by Khanh Ha
“The Fourth Floor” by Travis Switalski, Sr.
“The Ladder Climb“ by Tenley Lozano
MEA Editorial Team
David P. Ervin
Managing Editor: Travis L. Martin
Associate Editors: Lisa Day, Suzanne Rancourt
Managing Editor: Daniel Buckman
Associate Editors: Amira Pierce, Olivia Cerrone
Managing Editor: Brian Mockenhaupt
Associate Editors: Susannah Nesmith, Laura Arenschield, Vani Murugesen, Andrew Miller
Managing Editor: Tif Holmes
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