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What has David Cooke done but watch a war turn into wars? Two times older than so many of the soldiers, and yet he struggles with this short biography. Frets over words while this past decade over 7,000 soldiers worry no more about biographies nor obituaries. Biography. Obituary. The words almost start out the same. It is in the ends that they differ. Perhaps also in the means.
David Cooke is a member of The Guttery, a writing group in Portland, Oregon. His first published poem won the 2009 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize from Hunger Mountain. His poems have earned awards from Flatmancrooked, Americymru's Night of the Living Bards, and a Pushcart nomination. "Meat Puppet" owes a debt of inspiration to Bob Hicok's poem "Stop-loss" and the Huffington Post "Beyond the Battlefield" series profiling the new generation of disabled vets.
Winning Entry: Meat Puppet
Contest Won: War Poetry Contest 2011, Second Prize