Marine pens first book while traveling
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — It took Marine Cpl. Alfred L. Kennard nine months to give birth to his first book of poetry, a gestation period during which he scribbled his ideas into a notebook as he rode the Marines’ Green Line between camps Hansen and Foster.
Assigned to Camp Hansen’s 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Kennard found himself traveling often to Camp Foster in the past year. He made many of those trips to read poetry at gatherings sponsored by the Camp Foster Chapel.
“I’d been writing since my creative writing class in the ninth grade,” said the Eutaw, Ala., native. “Poetry is my way to vent my frustrations, a form of relaxation. I try to take everyday situations and write them down so everyone can relate to them.”
The result of his moving meditations is “Deep Intuition: Dreams of Life, Victory, and Love,” recently published by Authorhouse 1st Books Library. It’s available online from Amazon.com and will be sold at the Army and Air Force Exchange’s Bookmark on Camp Foster.
“Inspirational is the best way to classify the poems,” Kennard said. “If you’re having a bad day, there’s something in this book to relate to.”
He was inspired to self-publish the book at the urging of the people who attended the Foster Chapel poetry nights at the base community center.
“What I would do is write an average of three poems per trip between Hansen and Foster,” said Kennard, who traveled to Camp Foster several times a week to attend the poetry readings, Sunday service at the chapel and Friday night Bible studies.
Kennard, 20, will have his first book signing Saturday at the Camp Foster Exchange from noon to 3 p.m.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” he said. “I’ve already gotten a lot of positive feedback.”
He has more books in mind, including a novel.
“But it’s difficult to find the time,” he said, explaining that he might have to delay those plans until he gets out of the Marine Corps next year and starts college at the University of Alabama.