War Reporter #2020

War Reporter Dan O'Brien War Reporter Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize Shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize As Wallace Stevens once wrote poetry has to think about war And it has to find what will suffice Da

  • Title: War Reporter
  • Author: Dan O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780957326675
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • War Reporter Dan O'Brien Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2013Shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize 2013 As Wallace Stevens once wrote, poetry has to think about war And it has to find what will suffice Dan O Brien knows this in his bones He has dug into American history, into our perpetual war, and found sufficient words words that meet the people of his time with lanFenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2013Shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize 2013 As Wallace Stevens once wrote, poetry has to think about war And it has to find what will suffice Dan O Brien knows this in his bones He has dug into American history, into our perpetual war, and found sufficient words words that meet the people of his time with language adequate to their experience I can t speak highly enough of these poems The book is superb, subtle, memorable, and of a piece It sings and cries It consoles It is a gift to readers of poetry Jay Parini Let s watch some TV Let s drink some wine As long as I m safe I don t need to do anything See, this is why I don t talk to people People ask me these questions they don t want answers to The subject of this book is war and the pity of war distilled into very powerful poems that are all the affecting thanks to their clever and restraining use of personae At once direct and detached, they make the whole notion of response as much a focus of their attention as the facts of conflict Andrew Motion Dan O Brien has discovered the poetry in the most harrowing of war stories, and made music of the ways in which we share in each other s guilts, doubts, and triumphs Meanwhile, the poet s identity bleeds into that of war reporter, photographer and reader This is a tragic book about the human comedy Mary Jo Salter War Reporter is an edgy, heartbreaking amalgam of memoir, dramatic monologue and poetic intensity, in which war reporter Paul Watson s complex personal struggles are seen against the backdrop of political violence Alan Shapiro Paul Watson won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1993 photograph of a dead American being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu he has since reported from the Balkans, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria Deriving from correspondence between poet and war reporter and their eventual meeting on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, and from transcripts and Watson s own memoir, these poems bear unsparing witness to the incalculable damage inflicted by contemporary warfare The poems are stylistically colloquial the to some degree fictionalised Watson tells his anecdotes casually, and horrors slide up unanticipated amidst his everyday routines, his love life, the demands of his Editor This combination of memoir and dramatic monologue frames the poems as profoundly human but whether human is at heart a terrible beast, or has grounds for a shaky hope, is undecided There is no real making beautiful of either of these experiences the loss of a child, the horror of war perhaps there is only the honesty to look hard, to face them Anna McKerrow, Booktrusttheguardian books 2013
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    1. This did not read like poetry to me, like a very short novel, divided into succint and occasionally devastating passages Sometimes the lyricism becomes salient, and it is admirable But technical appreciation aside, the over arcing themes of suffering and inhumanity create a nightmare world, and in this way, and in its searingly efficacious succinctness, the book reminded me a tiny bit of The Road But of course this is not fiction, it is based on our world, and therefore the brilliant presentati [...]

    2. This collection by the playwright, Dan O Brien reads as much like a collection of dramatic monologues that could easily come from his play, The Body of an American The speaker in this collection captures a voice based on Paul Watson, the Canadian war journalist What seems to make this collection succeed is the lack of intrusiveness by the poet The reader feels this is the journalist speaking directly without the flash bang pyrotechnics of formal poetry It is the disappearance of the poet, lettin [...]

    3. This collection of linked poems feels almost like a lyrical novel, albeit one in verse The language is somehow both colloquial and elevated simultaneously Most important, the details feel honest and highly authentic The most effective critiques of war don t condemn, they merely document in all of the horror and irony and nuance O Brien s collection is definitely a powerful and evocative critique I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for the best of contemporary poetry.

    4. This is a collection of poetry unlike anything I ve read before although the work that comes closest is O Brien s own play, The Body of an American Both works are about the war reporter Paul Watson who won a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photograph of the desecration of the body of an American soldier.For my full review, see Review of War Reporter by Dan O Brien

    5. Incredibly moving, sparse, violent, concise Be prepared for moments that cut through you like a razor sharp blade wielded by a surprise attacker.

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