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Published on Nov 3, 2010
American poet Brian Turner's first book of poems Here, Bullet was written while he was in service during the Iraq war. His second book Phantom Noise was published six years after he left the army, and in it he writes about the ghosts of war that still haunt his civilian life. The book has recently been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Carolyn Forché calls his work "a poignant cri de coeur to the republic of conscience.
In this short video interview Brian talks about his journey from snowy Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Poetry International festival in London and explains why we need poets during times of conflict. Brian also reads Helping Her Breathe from his latest collection Phantom Noise (Bloodaxe).