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An Elizabethtown author said she wrote her book of poems primarily as a legacy to her family, and the work was some 15 years in the making.
“Salute — A Military Wife’s Poetic Allegiance to Faith, Family and Friends” contains 54 poems relating to Patti A. Tucker’s life. That life includes almost 34 years as an Army wife, and her writing reflects her memories of friends she made during that time as well as her faith and family.
Readers will relate to “Salute,” Tucker said, whether they have been in the military or not.
“I feel they can identify with some of the people in the book,” she said, noting everyone has those in their lives who have inspired them or touched them in some way.
Including photos and personal accounts related to the poems, “Salute” owes its true beginnings to “Terrible Tuesday,” a poem Tucker wrote after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, she said.
“I think that affected all Americans that day,” Tucker said.
At the time, Tucker was caring for her terminally-ill mother. They watched the events unfold.
“It was shocking,” she said.
The book is divided into sections with such themes as family, patriotism, spirituality, friendship and even Elvis Presley.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Elvis Presley for many, many years,” Tucker said.
Not only has she visited Graceland, the star’s former home, but she has a room dedicated to Elvis and saw him in concert in 1976.
Born in a small town in southern West Virginia, Tucker has been an office worker and teacher as well as a parent and wife. She and her husband, Terry, have been married more than 40 years and have two children.
Tucker said God had a hand in creating the collection and she hopes to complete another book of spiritual works sometime down the road.
In the meantime, readers — particularly veterans — seem to have connected with “Salute,” she said.
“Response has been very good,” Tucker said.
“Salute” is available through www.winepresspublishing.com, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Robert Villanueva can be reached at 270-505-1743
Meet the author
In addition to an appearance at the Hardin Memorial Hospital Gift Shop in early October, Elizabethtown author Patti A. Tucker will sign copies of her book, “Salute — A Military Wife’s Poetic Allegiance to Faith, Family and Friends,” and greet visitors 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Radcliff Days at Radcliff City Park. A portion of book sales are donated to charity.