‘Outside the Wire: A U.S. Marine’s Collection of Combat Poems & Short Stories Volume 1’is a soul-searing collection of poems and stories from the front lines of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Author Justin T. Eggen experienced two combat deployments in Afghanistan, Marjah 2010 & Sangin Valley 2011, fighting the Taliban (and occasionally the weath- er) with his brother warriors. Back from the front, he wrote this masterful description of the realities of war. Many of the poems are haiku, a form at which he shows great adeptness. Mixed in with the poems are three slice-of-life stories deal- ing with the everyday life of Marines in combat. This book is not to be missed.