"Brilliant and beautiful. It surely ranks with the best war memoirs I’ve ever encountered." Tim O’Brien, author ofThe Things They Carried
An award-winning poet and former infantry team leader in Iraq, Brian Turner combines his devastating recollections as “Sergeant Turner” with his visions of the experiences of generations of warriors in his familyand even those of the enemyin a work of profound understanding and shocking beauty.
Brian Turner is the author of the memoir My Life as a Foreign Country and the poetry collections Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. He directs the low-residency MFA at Sierra Nevada College. The Kiss was conceived with his late wife, the acclaimed poet Ilyse Kusnetz, to whom it is dedicated. It was developed from a series he curated for Guernica.
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Turner's memoir in narrative poetry nails a deep dive down into a somber topic: war. Turner's genius manifests in pitting his life against the dramatic scars of his service in the Army's Infantry. Turner talks so much about ghosts and dreams and the lost. But he does so in a way that only cherishes the life of his army fellows. MLFC is a brilliant epic about pursuing life after war and living with a thousand dream spectators who either beckon back to war or a hard quitting.