Army veteran, poet laureate, reflects on dicks undrawn
This is powerful stuff.
WASHINGTON — The Army released a poem on Friday sourced from the military community about six months after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and its widely-regarded recital of “The Hill” by poet laureate Amanda Gorman.
The new Army poem by Petey King, a retired Army specialist and Veteran of Foreign Wars poet laureate, is titled “The Dicks Between.” It is a meditation on human potential and missed opportunities told from a distinctly veteran perspective.
The poem went viral on TikTok soon after onlookers recorded King’s live reading of his poem in the atrium of the Library of Congress. Though critics say King’s performance is reminiscent of Gorman’s exceptional reading only in that both are poems; Gorman was justifiably lauded for her inspirational words while the Army released transcripts of King’s poem in an attempt to enact UCMJ punishment on a soldier no longer in uniform.
Still, King’s poem speaks directly to the military and veteran community using language and im…
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