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Ryan Smithson

Ryan Smithson is an army reservist, student at Hudson Valley Community College, and employee of Greenbush Child Caring, a before- and after-school program. "Hard Canvas" is an excerpt from Silence and Silhouettes, a work in progress about the author's year in Iraq in 2004–5.

Hard Canvas

We’re pouring concrete into holes created by IEDs—roadside bombs. The ground in Iraq is extremely hard. A landscaper’s nightmare, it’s not made for digging and planting. Most of the IEDs are set on the top of the ground.

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