Here, Bullet by Brian Turner

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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.


 

About Brian Turner

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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. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology.
 
Published November 1, 2005 by Alice James Books. 80 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He avoids the twin pitfalls of embellishment and identification, allowing the particulars of warfare - the "bled-out slumpings / and all the fucks and goddamns / ...

Jan 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Here, Bullet

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In Brian Turner's collection of Iraq War poems Here, Bullet (2005), the soldier-speaker minimizes his white military subjectivity in order to preserve his own individuality.

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A memoir in verse by a modern soldier poet. Infantry team

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