In the second part of my lengthy conversation with the poet Brian Turner we begin by discussing language - in particular pejorative terms like 'Haji'. Turner moves from this, through coining 'otherise', to recall his own experiences in Iraq. ----more----
Our major themes include:
what it was like to follow the 'Invasion Troops'
the effect of Abu Ghraib on the Iraqi people
Turner's own relationship with the Iraqi people
life under the threat of roadside bombs
Donald Rumsfeld and the narrative of 'body counts'
raids and prisons
the guilt of putting innocent people in prison
hypermasculinity and writing about women
the military and Turner's family history
Turner's homemade war movies
the allure of warfare - adrenalin, meaning and moment