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The War Reporter Paul Watson Remembers the Escape

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 2, 2013
p. 29 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0047

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Riding shotgun in lotus position
like Buddha on my suitcase. The driver
drowns his hands in moonshine. The keychain fob
in the form of the first George Bush's head
swinging like a plumb bob. Somebody's carved
DOWN in his forehead. Mr. Ramadan
weaving the wreck-strewn autobahns beneath
criss-crossing contrails of Shiva's warplanes
escorting Tomahawks, while the Beatles
sing "Help!" on the tape deck. Christlike soldiers
wave us through the gates. Morning in Jordan
at the barred Window of Shame, journalists
mingling in a scrum for visas. Black nights
in the jazz bar hounding Mr. Adnan,
the visa-man pinching women's buttocks
while addicts beg him to help us return
to death. Shivering beside a mountain
of sodden suitcases in a sudden
downpour along the border, recording
this war I'm missing. I was sleeping and
I woke up to my blanket burning and
when I reached out to find my son I found
flesh—and when this weeping father buries
his face in the mud at my feet, I swear
to never let this happen again.

Dan O'Brien  

Dan O'Brien's debut collection of poetry, War Reporter, is forthcoming in September from Hanging Loose Press in Brooklyn and CB Editions in London. O'Brien's play about Watson titled The Body of an American is the recipient of the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and premiered at Portland Center Stage in 2012. His opera Theotokia / The War Reporter premiered at Stanford University in April. Originally from New York, O'Brien lives in Los Angeles. O'Brien will serve on the playwriting faculty at the 2013 Sewanee Writers' Conference.

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Dan O'Brien. "The War Reporter Paul Watson Remembers the Escape, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson in the Colonies, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Mountain Gorillas, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson Gives the Poet Some Advice, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson Interviews the Negotiator." The Missouri Review 36.2 (2013): 29-36. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
O'Brien, D.(2013). The War Reporter Paul Watson Remembers the Escape, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson in the Colonies, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Mountain Gorillas, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson Gives the Poet Some Advice, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson Interviews the Negotiator. The Missouri Review 36(2), 29-36. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Dan O'Brien. "The War Reporter Paul Watson Remembers the Escape, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson in the Colonies, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Mountain Gorillas, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson Gives the Poet Some Advice, and: The War Reporter Paul Watson Interviews the Negotiator." The Missouri Review 36, no. 2 (2013): 29-36. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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