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Here, Bullet by Brian Turner
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Mar 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry
Read in November, 2007

Here, Bullet by Brian Turner. Having served a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade and a year with the 10th Mountain Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina, poet-soldier Turner reminds us of the human element of war in a way that only Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried) has before. The pages of this collection are populated by animals liberated from the Baghdad Zoo doing their best to adapt to the 21st century amidst tanks, Blackhawk helicopters and war, important lessons in practical Arabic for combat, and psychedelic Dreams from the Malaria Pills. The magic of Turner’s language is his ability to juxtapose the striking natural elements against the stark destruction of the landscape of war.

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