Poetry. "The poet goes to war in Vietnam as a clarinetist in the Army band and returns from hell to tell about it. It is vital that we read and hear Elijah Imlay—for our sense of history, for the truth of war, and for the 'solace in stories'"—Maxine Hong Kingston. "The gutsy satire in Elijah Imlay's MONSOON BLUES is balanced by his experience of war. These plainly spoken moments chronicle deep feelings and astute observations shaped by a vertical music that captures the speed of dangerous encounters. Imlay's one-man ensemble knows how to gage the blues, how to get close to the bone"—Yusef Komunyakaa.
Elijah Imlay is retired from working full time at the Transitions Program of Ventura County Behavioral Health where he provided mental health services for young adults. He has conducted writing workshops for veterans of war through Poets & Writers, Inc., PEN USA, and Tebot Bach. Elijah is a musician whose instrument is the clarinet-as well as the heart. He played at a professional level and is now composing spiritual songs. He has taught Heart Rhythm Meditation web courses, guided meditation retreats, and mentored meditation students for iamHeart.org. He lives in Ventura, CA, where he helps others to live from the heart, gathering the light of peace and love. Author City: VENTURA, CA USA