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Triptychs: A 'Nam Marine's Now and Then

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Triptychs: A 'Nam Marine's Now and Then

82 pagine
41 minuti
Sep 15, 2011


Composed of riffs on the forms of haiku (extended haiku), memoir (micro memoir) and photography (photosculpture), this electronic book is composed of 51 panels grouped in sets of three as 17 triptychs. To form each triptych, these folding-in-upon-center panels are arranged as two tablets of writing that enclose an image, the inner core, a visual representation of the writer’s thoughts. Together, each triptych is a communiqué formed of written and visual art created by collaboration of writer and artist.

Syor’s verse and prose, informed by a year spent in combat decades ago, a year that resulted in a changed human being and two drastically changed countries – America and Vietnam – is complemented by the work of Henry Avignon, a remarkable young artist possessed of genius in both visual and literary forms. Each art panel is a gestural abstract interpretation, a photosculpture, a melding of photography and manipulation by the artist using chemical processes, a tablet holding a flash of reality like a scene lit up in noir by a photographer’s strobe.

Each of these 17 triptychs enlightens the reader while engaging every emotion. As a unity, these triptychs represent a Sum of Experience – that of the warrior, the veteran, the family member – a measure of existence that only this collaboration between writer and artist, between warrior and military family member could produce.

Sep 15, 2011

Informazioni sull'autore

Andrew Syor, writer, and Henry Avignon, artist, came together to create Triptychs: A 'Nam Marine's Now and Then.Andy Syor served in the Republic of Vietnam from 01 March 1966 to 07 Apr 1967 with the United States Marine Corps. Andy resides in Canada. This is his first book of poetry and prose.Henry Avignon was born 1972 in Tampa, Florida U.S.A. In 1992, Henry earned an Associates Degree in Photo Journalism from SUNY in Morrisville New York, followed by a Baccalaureate degree in Literature / Minor in Psychology from SUNY in Brockport New York. He is currently completing a Masters of Art, Creative Writing, Poetry at SUNY in Brockport New York. Henry is the father of two children.

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Triptychs - Andy Syor Henry Avignon


A ’Nam Marine’s Now and Then

Poems and Prose by Andrew Syor

Illustrated by Henry Avignon


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Published by MilSpeak Books

A Division of MilSpeak Foundation, Inc. (501c3)

EBook version copyright 2011 MilSpeak Books

All EBook rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.

All other literary rights copyright 2011 Andrew Syor

Art copyright 2011 Henry Avignon, all rights reserved.

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This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only and may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the writer’s and the artist’s hard work.

Images and quotes within this book that are excerpted in brief form are used in accordance with fair use interpretation of U.S. Copyright Law and the Digital Millennial Copyright Act. Every attempt has been made to attribute and credit excerpted material correctly. Any errors or omissions should be brought to the attention of the publisher and will be corrected in future editions of the book. This creative work represents only the writer and artist’s opinions, ideas, and imagination, and not those of any other organization, institution, or persons. The U.S. Department of Defense, its subsidiaries and/or adjutants, does not endorse this book, nor does this book in any way represent the views of DOD or of the U.S. Government.

MilSpeak Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, exists to raise awareness about creative works by military people to a more visible and influential position in American culture and seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for creative works by military people. By developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging creativity among military people, MilSpeak Foundation aspires to make creative works by military people directly relevant to the public, while diminishing the military stereotype and assisting military people assimilate their experience through participating in the Arts. Through writing, creating art and performing, military people preserve the history of everyday military life, learn about stress management benefits of participating in the Arts, and increase civilian understanding about military life. Purchasing a MilSpeak Books title supports MilSpeak Foundation programs. MilSpeak Foundation is not affiliated with the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.


Table of Contents

Prelude: What is a Triptych?

From the Publisher

Triptych I

C’est La Vie

I by Avignon

April 1967: The Reunion

Triptych II

USMC Combat Tour Haiku

II by Avignon

A ’Nam Marine’s Narrative: Then

Triptych III


III by Avignon

War Can Be Hell

Triptych IV

A Sentimental Journey

IV by Avignon

Those Were the Days (French Postcards)

Triptych V

We’re a Lot Like You Were

V by Avignon

Humor in Uniform

Triptych VI

No Wind No Waves

VI by Avignon

See Any Action?

Triptych VII

Half Full Half Empty

VII by Avignon

The Gears Make the Machine

Triptych VIII

Our Choice

VIII by Avignon

Business As Usual

Triptych IX


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