The Patriot's Poet -- New poetry compilation honors America's military heroes

Bloomington, Indiana, UNITED STATES

KANSAS CITY, Mo., August 20, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Patriotism is not just a word for author Tari M. Cooley. Her love for her country and the respect for the men and women who defend it, is reflected in her poetry. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more and more Americans are sharing her sentiments every day. In her new book of poetry, Defending A Nation (now available through 1stBooks), she pays tribute to America's military heroes serving throughout the world.

In her patriotic and inspirational anthology, she poignantly captures the perspectives of the soldiers, veterans and loved ones waiting back home.

"If You Could Walk In My Boots" illustrates a soldier's perspective: "If you could walk in my boots/ You would know the pride that I feel every day,/serving my country, the U.S. of A./ If you could walk in my boots/ You would feel my anxiety as I approach Iraq,/ with a gas mask and gun and supplies on my back./ If you could walk in my boots/ You would thirst for water and a place to sleep,/ and pray to God your soul to keep./ If you could walk in my boots/ You would fight to free the people in Iraq,/ and help restore the humanity they lack./ If you could walk in my boots/ You would see the flashes that light up the sky,/ from bombs and missiles exploding nearby."

Cooley is donating a portion of the proceeds from each book purchased through Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to non-profit charities that support the U.S. military, veterans and their families.

Cooley's love and literary talent for writing poetry emerged in the early 1990s. With a spirited voice, she has written poetry for all ages since that time. Her poetic storytelling is uplifting and entertaining. Defending A Nation is her first published work.


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