May 10, 2018 at 8:29 am

Martin’s Poem ‘Iraq Good’ Wins Pushcart Prize

Hugh Martin, portrait

Hugh Martin

by Kristin Distel

Graduate student Hugh Martin’s poem, “Iraq Good,” has been published in The Cincinnati Review and selected as a winner of the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Martin, a doctoral student in Creative Writing, is studying nonfiction at OHIO.

The poem reflects on Martin’s own experience as a soldier in the Iraq War; the poem describes the potentially fraught relationship between American soldiers and Iraqi children.

“But even while the American men and the Iraqi boys participate in a spirited back-and-forth, we feel with increasing intensity the many distances that they can’t traverse,” explains Cincinnati Review Assistant Editor Caitlin Doyle. “With remarkable artistry, Martin simultaneously warms us and chills us as dusk descends on Sadiyah,” she adds.

“Iraq Good” will appear in the 2019 Pushcart Prize anthology.

Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq War and the author of The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions 2013) and the forthcoming, Service (BOA Editions 2018).  His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Reviewand The New Yorker.


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