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Poetry on the Bayou
Few can evoke that special place which is Louisiana with such heart and lyrical soul...you're a treasure James Lee and you've helped me understand more about where my family is from than any history book
By Anthony Stunning
Excellent! The story is filled with the atmosphere of the locale. The literary allusions clearly indicate that Burke is a very well read man. Like Somerset Maugham writing a Mickey Spillane story. Dialogue (and dialect) are first rate. Enjoyed this tale from beginning to end.
This is a great story on several levels. For me, one of the many who served in the Vietnam War, each time he mentions a moment in his memory of the War, I identify with it in some way. We have felt the same loss and anguish, trod the same jungle and experienced the same aftermath. No one who has not been in War cannot know what shape the returnee is in. His or her dreams and the battle they fight every day and night. As a former Police Officer I also identify with the battle that never ends and the pain of deceit and betrayal you experience. The writer holds your attention and when you finish, you are not disappointed. Lastly, having lived on Pensacola Beach during Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis and Katrina, I know about the destruction these storms bring. I eagerly await the next story. Oh, by the way, I went through the periods of drinking as our hero did, for the same reasons. I got out the other side, severely damaged by everything, but now am ok.