The poems in HERE, BULLET are steeped in pity for the occupants of Iraq, while at the same time remaining on full alert to the likely moment "when a twelve-year-old / rolls a grenade into the room"...The most effective instrument in Turner's kit is his detachment... the particulars are so shocking that they need no sentimental boost... which is deployed in combination with complex feeling... There are poems in HERE, BULLET good enough to hold a place in any anthology of war poetry.' (In the line of fire: James Campbell asks where are the war poets of today) --James Campbell, The GuardianTurner attempts to capture the extreme experience of war by depicting the feelings it generates: the sense of loss, hatred, humiliation, love, uncertainty, and dreamy longing for a normal life. --Library JournalSeveral hundred books have now been published on the Iraq War...but none has felt necessary until now. There's something in the lumbering of prose that cannot capture what poetry, done right, can make immanent with its insistent beat...With Brian Turner's Here, Bullet, we have the first war poetry since Yusef Komunyakaa's DIEN CAI DAU that matters. --Rain Taxi
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