Here, Bullet

ISBN-10: 1882295552
ISBN-13: 9781882295555
Edition: 2005
Authors: Brian Turner
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Description: Adding his voice to the current debate about the US occupation of Iraq, in poems written in the tradition of such poets as Wilfred Owen, Yusef Komunyakaa ("Dien Cai Dau), Bruce Weigl ("Song of Napalm) and Alice James' own Doug Anderson ("The Moon  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Adding his voice to the current debate about the US occupation of Iraq, in poems written in the tradition of such poets as Wilfred Owen, Yusef Komunyakaa ("Dien Cai Dau), Bruce Weigl ("Song of Napalm) and Alice James' own Doug Anderson ("The Moon Reflected Fire), Iraqi war veteran Brian Turner writes power-fully affecting poetry of witness, exceptional for its beauty, honesty, and skill. Based on Turner's yearlong tour in Iraq as an infantry team leader, the poems offer gracefully rendered, unflinching description but, remarkably, leave the reader to draw conclusions or moral lessons. "Here, Bullet is a must-read for anyone who cares about the war, regardless of political affiliation. "Here, Bullet "If a body is what you want, then here is bone and gristle and flesh. Here is the clavicle-snapped wish, the aorta's opened valves, that leap thought makes at the synaptic gap. Here is the adrenaline rush you crave, that inexorable flight, that insane puncture into heat and blood. And I dare you to finish what you've started. Because here, Bullet, here is where I complete the word you bring hissing through the air, here is where I moan the barrel's cold esophagus, triggering my tongue's explosives for the rifling I have inside of me, each twist of the round spun deeper, because here, Bullet, here is where the world ends, every time. Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the US Army. He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq beginning in November 2003 with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999 with the 10th Mountain Division. His poetry has been published in "Poetry Daily, "The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the "Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name.

Brian Turner was born in Visalia, California on February 12, 1967. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000, then in November 2003, he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq. His other books include Phantom Noise and My Life as a Foreign Country.

A Soldier's Arabic
The Baghdad Zoo
Hwy 1
In the Leupold Scope
The Al Harishma Weapons Market
What Every Soldier Should Know
The Hurt Locker
Observation Post #71
Here, Bullet
Body Bags
AB Negative (The Surgeon's Poem)
Two Stories Down
Ashbah
Into the Elephant Grass
Eulogy
Kirkuk Oilfield, 1927
Trowel
Where the Telemetries End
Autopsy
Repatriation Day
Najaf, 1820
For Vultures: A Dystopia
16 Iraqi Policemen
Dreams from the Malaria Pills (Barefoot)
Katyusha Rockets
R&R
Dreams from the Malaria Pills (Bosch)
How Bright It Is
Alhazen of Basra
Easel
Observation Post #798
2000 lbs.
Dreams from the Malaria Pills (Turner)
Curfew
Mihrab
Milh
Gilgamesh, in Fossil Relief
Tigris River Blues
Ferris Wheel
Sadiq
Jameel
Last Night's Dream
Cole's Guitar
9-Line Medevac
Night in Blue
Caravan
To Sand
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