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Here, Bullet Paperback – November 1, 2005
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"Turner has sent back a dispatch from the war in Iraqand deserves our thanks " -- The New York Times Book Review
" a powerful reading experience " -- The Franklin Journal
" earnest, nonpartisan attention to the terrors as well as to the beauty of ruins." -- The New York Times Book Review Editors Choice
" written by a veteran whose eye for the telling detail is as strategic as it is poetic." -- The Globe and Mail
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"What Every Soldier Should Know" and "Ashbah" haunt me still with the raw emotion presented on the page. "Sadiq", "Last Night's Dream" and "9 Line Medivac" express feelings common to any combat soldier with a power rarely seen in literature. "Night in Blue", one of the final poems in the book, is a fitting way to conclude the collection, providing a sense of closure as Turner describes his journey home.
I hesitate to compare Brian Turner to other authors who have written of their combat experiences. The comparison only fits in that they are all veterans; _Here, Bullet_ is unique, profound, haunting and troubling. It is honest - which is as much as anyone can ask of a poet. Highly recommended.
Haunting images, intricate craftsmanship, writing that has
heart, guts, passion, and grace.
I turn from Frank Miller's bloody paean to the Battle of Thermopylae to Brian Turner's quiet, lyrical book about Iraq. And I should probably start by saying that I hate protest poetry. Loathe it. The second the message becomes more important than the poetry, the poetry begins to suck. And thus, when I find a book of poetry that can be described as "overtly political" that's actually halfway worthwhile, I sit up and take notice pretty quick. And Turner's book is the first one I can remember reading since Carolyn Forche's Gathering the Tribes two decades ago.
This is because Turner understands one of the basic truths about poetry: "show, don't tell." If you just lay the images out before the reader, the reader will pick up the underlying situation. In other words, credit your readers with having half a brain. Turner, much to his compliment, does, and as a result he can take the current hot-button issue and turn it into something, unlike the reams of protest trash that entire rainforests have had to die for, that actually looks like poetry:
"....Because Hussein's arm is scarred
elbow to wrist from the long war with Iran,
he holds the trowel in his left hand, pushing
mud against a bullet-pocked wall, the cement
That's about as overt as it gets in this collection, and it's obvious that Turner has spent a whole lot of time thinking as much, if not more, about the presentation of image as about the presentation of message. Take note, protest poets, because in one slim volume, Brian Turner has managed to make the rest of you look like fools. ***
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A meticulous and stunning depiction of war and the lands moments and people affected by war, from the mundane through the simply lovely to to unblinkingly horrible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cassandra_was_right
I served as an infantryman in the Marines. Combat tour to Afghanistan. On exit in 2007, went to college, and a poetry class I took required this book to be read. I was floored. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Each war deserves a different kind of writing. My wars deserve what Brian Turner has given us with Here, Bullet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matthew Komatsu
This is a remarkable book of poems takes the reader to the U.S. war in Iraq, where the author served in the U.S. Army as an infantry leader in 2003-2004. Read morePublished 12 months ago by james hanbury
i don't think i have ever read a book that so clearly tells what war is really about - i keep rereading two of the poems and am so sad and so mad at the people who, apparently... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ricky