February 22, 2018

‘Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home’ available now for pre-order

Slated for release by Fomite Press on March 1st, and available for pre-order now.

http://www.fomitepress.com/Francis.html
  

"Both harrowing and lovely, Losing Francis is a vibrant, indispensable document of life in our time.”  Whitney Terrell, author of The Good Lieutenant

"A compelling and insightful book."
—Mark Karlin, Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

"Losing Francis
will surely take its earned place in the lamentably-large library of great literature of the home front.”  —Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma State Poet Laureate 2017-18, author of
What I Learned at the War
 
“Robert F. Sommer has written a remarkably compelling book with boldness and startling passion.... It reverberates and teaches and beyond all else, it rings with hope.” 
—Barry Sanders, author of
The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism

Learn more here.


A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Francis Fund.

January 8, 2018

‘Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home' to be released March 1st

http://www.fomitepress.com/Francis.html 

Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home will be released by Fomite Press on March 1, 2018.  

Here's what some early readers are saying about this collection:

“Both harrowing and lovely, Losing Francis is a vibrant, indispensable document of life in our time.”  Whitney Terrell, author of The Good Lieutenant

"A poignant account of one couple's journey through the shadow cast by the death of their son. Inextricably woven into the story is the nefarious reality of the nation's ruinous recent wars. A compelling and insightful book." 
—Mark Karlin, Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

“Sommer’s prose often rises to the poetic, his storytelling is poignant yet never sentimental, and his unflinching honesty in relating his son’s life and death leave the reader with a lump in the throat and a righteous anger. Losing Francis will surely take its earned place in the lamentably-large library of great literature of the home front.”
—Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma State Poet Laureate 2017-18, author of What I Learned at the War

“Robert F. Sommer has written a remarkably compelling book with boldness and startling passion …. It reverberates and teaches and beyond all else, it rings with hope.” 
—Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism


“Losing Francis is a lyrical indictment of the historical, political, and cultural forces that keep America at war, and then leave its veterans out in the cold.”
—Max Rayneard, The Telling Project

A portion of the proceeds will support the Francis D. Sommer Memorial Fund for Homeless Veterans. Pre-ordering will soon be available at Fomite Press and Amazon.

December 23, 2017

Christmas 2017

Greens from our tree at home. Merry Christmas, Francis!
We miss you!
 

July 14, 2017

The Art of Grief: ‘Windows and Mirrors’

https://www.thecommononline.org/the-art-of-grief-windows-and-mirrors/
"Collateral Damage," oil painting by Lillian Moats
Newly posted at The Common On-Line, "The Art of Grief: ‘Windows and Mirrors,’" an excerpt from my work-in-progress, Losing Francis: One Family's Journey through a Decade of War.