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Others have said that this book reads more like a lyric novel than a book of poetry. While I don’t disagree with that, taken individually, each poem presents a single haunting image that, for me, is the hallmark of memorable poetry. A recent poem in the Missouri Review, while not part of the book, is representative of the poems in the collection: The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Son of the Tortured.
Some of these images are so horrific as to be nearly unbelievable, and yet we know that these are true stories, or if not exactly true, they represent the truth of war. In poem after poem, we are shocked again by what the War Reporter Paul Watson has seen and, not only that, what humanity has perpetrated on itself. It is important, life-changing stuff, a story that needs to be told. O’Brien has done so brilliantly.
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It doesn't matter if you're a literature aficionado or not, this is a book you need to read. A collaboration between a war photographer and a poet, it's a real window into what war... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Brett Ortler
Came promptly and as stated. Would recommend to anyone wanting a fresh approach to war poetry. Nicely produced book and easy to handle.Published on January 21, 2014 by Shirley Nicholson
This poetry is simply too powerful to describe, provided it brings into alignment all of one's life experiences in one blinding flash. It won't work for everyone, of course.Published on January 7, 2014 by Charles A. Krohn
This is an incredibly moving piece of work. Dan O'Brien has certainly found an unlikely muse in Paul Watson. Through Mr. Watson's experiences, Mr. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Emily M. Arnold