San Jose, CA (February 18) -- For the month of February, the books that Silicon Valley Reads 2013 wants you to read and reflect on are Poetry from War books written by Brian Turner and David Sullivan.
Silicon Valley Reads 2013 kick off was on January 30, 2013 at the Campbell Heritage Theatre sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District, and the San Jose Public Library Foundation.
The theme of this year's Silicon Valley Reads is the "Invisible Wounds of War" and asks everyone in Santa Clara County to read and think about this important topic.
Turner is the author of the award winning collection of poetry, Here, Bullet. He served in Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina and writes of his experience with a direct rawness that gives us a glimpse into the psyche of a soldier as witness . He tells us unflinchingly, the hidden stories that often remain locked inside the psyche of those soldiers fortunate enough to return to their homeland.
Santa Cruz poet Sullivan, on the other hand, is the editor of a multi-voiced manuscript about the war in Iraq entitled Every Seed of the Pomegrenate. Sullivan shows us the "back stories" of ordinary people trying to survive under the extraordinary and unnatural circumstances of war. In his poem, "Unexploded Ordnance", he writes, "Each is at war with pulse rates/and the memory/ of those who've vanished./Each wrapped in desert colors,/praying whatever/comes to them. In home/ wanting not to look."
Both authors will appear and speak at Nichols Hall Auditorium, The Harker School, San Jose at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Refreshments will be served and there will be book signing. The symposium is co-sponsored by LiveSV and the Harker School Speaker Series.