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The War Reporter Paul Watson Interviews the Negotiator

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 2, 2013
pp. 35-36 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0056

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Reformer, defector, he'd much rather
stay in bed. Saturnine in his tortoiseshell
glasses. Half-empty, smoky. Skeletal
frame wound in a chapan piped with eras
of clay, gold, breath, weeds. Possibly henna
-tinged beard. Nosferatu's ears. Funereal
longi enwreathing his temples. C4
bricks wrapped inside a turban blasted off
his forerunner's face. So our mild mullah
educates Washington. The Taliban
will never stop fighting because talking
peace gets us nowhere. You Americans talk
out of both sides of your smiles. Whatever
weapons of mass distraction you possess
your drones have dropped on us. A crone ferrying
chai to us. Liver-spotted hands, deadpan
glance. If it were true I did not support
women, would I have married a doctor
to my only son? The championed char
hangs like a leash. Prunes in the old man's teeth
like oil. Our government has no control
because we must always be answering
to you. And Pakistan. If they want rid
of this violence, we must be taken out
of the equation. The one and only
thing Taliban know for certain is that
they're of the people by the people for
Allah. Stuck in traffic not far from home,
a white Corolla blossoms alongside
the negotiator. Dozing in the rear
of his unarmored Pathfinder without
his bodyguard today. On the way to
this latest colloquy of the Body
for Reconciliation. Wind censing soot
onto his nephew's steering hands. A hand
in the window of the white car simply
aims a pistol that pops like a balloon,
and the nephew doesn't even notice
Rahmani deflating in the rearview
mirror, blood spotting his chapan until
they're streets away and the Corolla has
withered back into the noise. And no one's
claiming credit for his murder, as of
the writing of this poem.

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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