Iraq War Poet Brian Turner reads “Ashbar” and More on NPR

Poetry means a lot to me personally, when you get inspired and a poem just roles out your mind on to paper, than is no better feeling. In 2006 on NPR , Brian Turner read from his 2005 book “Hear Bullet” bringing forth his raw impressions on the Iraq War through words and verse. Read and listen more here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5126583

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=5133098&m=5133099&t=audio

Ashbar

The ghosts of American soldiers

wander the streets of Balad by night,

unsure of their way home, exhausted,

the desert wind blowing trash

down the narrow alleys as a voice

sounds from the minaret, a soulfull call

reminding them how alone they are,

how lost. And the Iraqi dead,

they watch in silence from rooftops

as date palms line the shore in silhouette,

leaning toward Mecca when the dawn wind blows.

From Here, Bullet. Copyright 2005 by Brian Turner. Reprinted with the permission of Alice James Books. (buy here)

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