"Soldiers take an oath to defend the Constitution, but let me tell you, what they're really defending is libraries and museums and the memories of the human species, and that's an awesome responsibility."
~ Donald Anderson
an excerpt of Here, Bullet
by Brian Turner
If a body is what you want,
then here is bone and gristle and flesh.
Here is the clavicle-snapped wish,
the aorta's opened valves, the leap
thought makes at the synaptic gap.
Do read the rest of Here, Bullet. I read the poem when it first came out, and it stayed with me.
More about Brian Turner:
Iraq Soldier Describes War in Poetry
Interview with Poet-Soldier Brian Turner on the San Francisco Book Review.
Other soldier-poet links, from various time periods:
About the 18-minute film Poet, Soldier, 2009. Also, its trailer
Wilfred Owen: The soldiers' poet
The Work of Soldier Poetry in Kansas, 1917-1919 by Timothy D. Rives (about WWI)
Verses in Wartime
Jennifer Ludden interviews Robert Hedin, who edited American War Poems, from Revolution to Terror.
"Army & Navy: Soldier Poet in New Guinea" from Time, Monday, Jan. 11, 1943
Why poetry is the soldier's art by Douglas Perry
The Welcome Home Project: Poetry
Today's Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Anastasia.