In the final part of my epic conversation with the American soldier-poet Brian Turner, our attention turned to the question: does writing help confront trauma and the violence he has witnessed and indeed participated in. ----more----Other subjects include:
'Sergeant Turner' vs Brian Turner: Poet
the part of Turner and his colleagues that died in Iraq
the rise of ISIS in Iraq
how do you live with the experiences he has had
how do I be happy
love and a reading about his wife from My Life as a Foreign Country
transitioning from war poet to poet
can you leave the war behind?
trying to understand the 'enemy'
the time Turner was almost killed
writing about torture and Turner's complicity with this
can poems change people's attitude to torture, Guantanamo etc
Iraq and the news cycle
art, empathy, sharing and understanding
'The historians are wrong. We have decades ahead of us, just with Iraq'
why Sweden has taken more Iraqi refugees than US
is Turner a political writer?
'There could be a lot more troubling of the water'