Published by CB Editions
War Reporter (2013) – described by Patrick McGuinness in the Guardian as, “a masterpiece of truthfulness and feeling, and a completely sui generis addition not just to writing about war but to contemporary poetry”– was the fruit of an unlikely and testing bond between the poet Dan O’Brien and the war correspondent Paul Watson.
In New Life the scope of that bond is both deepened and broadened, taking in not just the Arab Spring and its aftermath in Syria, Libya and Egypt but Afghans on the tourist trail in Canada, meetings with Hollywood producers, and changes in the personal lives of the war reporter and the poet. Nothing is off-limits. This is a way of writing unique in contemporary literature, and New Life is a triumph of bearing witness.