War Reporter is a rare book. Dan O’Brien explores the distilled experience of war through personal communication and contact with the war reporter Paul Watson. He reflects his experience with Mr. Watson in poetry that is deeply personal yet reflecting the universal truth that war rends the human soul. The voice of the poet balances with the represented voice that is the war reporter and as pages fall away, the voices merge in ebb and flow of desperation to not sink below the crushing weight of knowing war intimately.
Each poem reflects conversation, email, or phone calls between the poet and the reporter. Each is searching, each seeking….something. The poet seeks understanding of his own circumstances in the devouring of the reporter’s. The reporter seeks relief. In this reflective process the poet is relentless. For some readers, this is looking into a neighbor’s window. For others, this is a rock splintering their own glass.
A lifetime is made from the many small acts created and committed. War Reporter is a lifetime and more. Words may fail, but Dan O’Brien’s molding of them do not.
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