War of Words

If a body is what you want, then here is bone and gristle and flesh.” In that first line of Iraq-combat veteran Brian Turner's title poem from his volume Here, Bullet , he's talking to the projectile, daring it to finish what it started, and if you pay attention, you'll guess who wins. For Turner's stark poetic snapshots, he's won awards and fellowships, and he now appears at Casa Romantica's reliably wonderful monthly reading series, a prize for us. Joining Turner at San Clemente's singular cultural-arts center is journalist David J. Morris, former Marine and author of a first-person account of the battle of Khafji, the most important Gulf War I battle you've never heard about. Morris writes for Salon.com and the Virginia Quarterly . These two witnesses to our most recent military adventures, articulate survivors and truth-tellers both, must be listened to. So listen, please.
Wed., May 28, 7 p.m., 2008

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