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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.

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.

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"The verse in this book is not good, but it is, in a cultural moment that includes Cindy Sheehan, timely. Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army, including deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division, and a year spent as an infantry team leader with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division in Iraq. He, begins, after a prefatory poem ('This is a language made of blood./ It is made of sand, and time. To be spoken, it must be earned'), with poems whose titles precisely describe their contents: the nightmarish dispersal of 'The Baghdad Zoo,' the infamous 'Hwy 1' ('the Highway of Death'), 'The Al-Harishma Weapons Market,' 'Body Bags,' 'Najaf, 1820,' 'Dreams from the Malaria Pills,' 'Katyusha Rockets,' 'Observation Post #798,' '2000 lbs.' (in one bomb) — along with medevacs, translators, civilians and much more. Turner earned an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon before joining the army. His work is straightforward and direct. It highlights the violence and death of the war in a manner little seen elsewhere." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"With Brian Turner's Here, Bullet, we have the first war poetry since Yusef Komunyaaka's Dien Cai Dau that matters....Where Turner does succeed in making us see, he also succeeds in making us feel — in bringing the weight of war upon us." Rain Taxi

Review:

"Here, Bullet is a book of poems about the war in Iraq, written by a veteran whose eye for the telling detail is as strategic as it is poetic....Hypersensitivity...[is] the supreme gift of the poetic observer, and it's in that dangerous territory where Turner does his work." Globe and Mail

Review:

"Turner's most consistent mode is one of brisk, precise — and nonpartisan — attention to both the terrors and the beauty he found among Iraq's ruins. In these poems, Iraq emerges from the fog of political oratory into tangibility." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A first-person account of the Iraq War by a solider-poet, winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award.

Synopsis:

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 Turners 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.

Synopsis:

Poetry. A harrowing, beautiful, first-person account of the Iraq war by a soldier-poet, winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award. Turner's HERE, BULLET is exceptional for its beauty, honesty and skill: "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh./Here is the clavicle-snapped wish..." Based on his 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.

About the Author

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.

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Dgia, March 27, 2012 (view all comments by Dgia)
Forget your stereotypes of soldiers as killing machines. Turner's poetry brings a vivid humanity to the experience of war and one that we should all be aware of. Very readable and touching poems create a memoir of
Turner's experiences in Iraq. Add this slim gem of a volume to your reading about war. Highly recommended.
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ISBN:
9781882295555
Author:
Turner, Brian
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 in 5 oz

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Product details 80 pages Alice James Books - English 9781882295555 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The verse in this book is not good, but it is, in a cultural moment that includes Cindy Sheehan, timely. Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army, including deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division, and a year spent as an infantry team leader with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division in Iraq. He, begins, after a prefatory poem ('This is a language made of blood./ It is made of sand, and time. To be spoken, it must be earned'), with poems whose titles precisely describe their contents: the nightmarish dispersal of 'The Baghdad Zoo,' the infamous 'Hwy 1' ('the Highway of Death'), 'The Al-Harishma Weapons Market,' 'Body Bags,' 'Najaf, 1820,' 'Dreams from the Malaria Pills,' 'Katyusha Rockets,' 'Observation Post #798,' '2000 lbs.' (in one bomb) — along with medevacs, translators, civilians and much more. Turner earned an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon before joining the army. His work is straightforward and direct. It highlights the violence and death of the war in a manner little seen elsewhere." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "With Brian Turner's Here, Bullet, we have the first war poetry since Yusef Komunyaaka's Dien Cai Dau that matters....Where Turner does succeed in making us see, he also succeeds in making us feel — in bringing the weight of war upon us."
"Review" by , "Here, Bullet is a book of poems about the war in Iraq, written by a veteran whose eye for the telling detail is as strategic as it is poetic....Hypersensitivity...[is] the supreme gift of the poetic observer, and it's in that dangerous territory where Turner does his work."
"Review" by , "Turner's most consistent mode is one of brisk, precise — and nonpartisan — attention to both the terrors and the beauty he found among Iraq's ruins. In these poems, Iraq emerges from the fog of political oratory into tangibility."
"Synopsis" by ,
A first-person account of the Iraq War by a solider-poet, winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 Turners 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.

"Synopsis" by , Poetry. A harrowing, beautiful, first-person account of the Iraq war by a soldier-poet, winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award. Turner's HERE, BULLET is exceptional for its beauty, honesty and skill: "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh./Here is the clavicle-snapped wish..." Based on his 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.
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