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The War Reporter Paul Watson Gives the Poet Some Advice

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 2, 2013
p. 34 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0054

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Hey, that thing you said about your family
locking the door behind you. Your father
howling, There are things you do not know! Cue
the slapstick of their retriever retching
on your shoes. Into the spongiform lawn.
Your brothers sped to their dreams. The stabbing
finger summoning poor old Lowell tumbling
his father through their heirloom clock. I knocked
you down. Or could've, anyway. Bowing
to the imaginary coronary. And how
you look just like his brother—I can't stop
thinking about all that! I remember
listening on the stairs. Grandma's depression
is sunlight in the voile. Mother's pleading
with God in the rafters. I know the man
isn't Him. Is he me? My uncle's face
bearded in the morning is a blessing
from a schizophrenic draft-dodger to
an unknown minor poet. He gives me
a children's Bible. No, he's giving you
something else. What's he given us before
he opens that locked door? Why don't you start
asking some questions, Dan? That's what I'd do
if I were you.

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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