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The War Reporter Paul Watson in the Colonies

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 2, 2013
pp. 30-31 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0049

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The dictator favored Savile Row suits
and homburg hats. Fondled his lion's-tail
whisk for flies. Bused in whores to welcome him
with ululations as he descended
Airstairs to the tarmac. Boys with long hair,
girls in trousers and kissing in public
were jailable offenses. Providence
Secondary School's Sister Mary Joy
Magombo shelved her wimple. A heart-sick
West Yorkshire widow drunk at noon pursued
students with her bush knife. My manor stood
in the mahogany shade, tribes of vervets
launching sorties on biblical fig trees
inflecting my dreams. Mulanje Massif
like Atlantis rising from an ocean
of susurrous green tea terraces. This thin
white line. Past which my barefoot cook called me
"Bwana." Mr. Banda the cadaver
-faced commerce teacher with a bookworm wife
and an inveigling eye. Chakwanira
taught biology with snuff suspended
in his young beard like Darwin. Named his child
after the first one died "We Who Are Still
Mourning." As soon as the bells tolled we'd sit
like those proverbial monkeys, sipping piss
-warm Carlsberg Greens. There are witch doctors known
for their love potions. Better than hashish
bundled in banana leaves, tied tight with
butcher's twine and compacted over time
into nubs like coal cobs that will explode
your mind! Mr. Banda at Bwana's door
with sisters in scandalous décolletage, thongs
splitting burnished toes. Giggling observing
their professors blaze up. Mr. Banda
locked my bedroom door, my girl took my hand
and babbled me down to the floor. Reeling
from the punch of the hash and her sweat. Go
now! Get out—everyone! Banda emerged
with brown penis flapping. Sisters weeping
so sweetly. You should give them soap at least
for their time.

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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