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Inspired by her feelings about her son's tours of duty in Iraq as a Green Beret, poet Francis Richey composed 28 poems for him compiled in a new book called "The Warrior." Richey, who raised her son Ben as a single mother, felt their relationship disintegrate when they disagreed about the U.S. presence in Iraq. "We had always debated about politics, and I didn't realize that when we were arguing, when he was so close to going into combat, that it was much more personal, that it hurt him when we argued," Richey said. In this interview with NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown, mother and son discuss how Francis Richey was able to communicate her emotions to her son through poetry. Francis Richey reads two of the poems from her book, "The Warrior." To incorporate this poetry reading into a lesson plan, see Poetry Series Lesson Guidelines in this Unit.


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