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Former Green Beret wants his poetry to serve as a manual for talking to veterans | Press Herald

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Ryan Stovall’s latest collection of poetry, “Black Snowflakes Smothering a Torch,” is to teach readers how to fully appreciate and relate to those who have experienced war.

The poem is one of more than two dozen that former Army Green Beret Stovall, who was twice wounded in Afghanistan, has compiled in his first book, “Black Snowflakes Smothering a Torch: Or How to Talk To Your Veteran – A Primer,” which was released this month. Stovall has several readings scheduled around Maine this week, leading up to Veteran’s Day, including Monday at 1 p.m. at Portland’s University of Southern Maine. Stovall, 41, started writing poems to better comprehend his experiences and prepare himself for civilian life, particularly how to deal with the effects of PTSD. However, as he continued to write, he came to the conclusion that he wanted to turn his poetry into a primer, a text that may make it simpler for civilians and veterans to communicate and comprehend one another. one that prompts people to consider how another person might be thinking. The first book of poems by Ryan Stovall was published on November 1. Christopher Madden’s photograph Stovall has pursued writing since leaving the Army in 2010 after serving for seven years on active service. He first completed his English degree at the University of Maine before enrolling in an MFA writing program at Fairfield University in Connecticut.



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