Published by CB Editions
Shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Shortlisted for the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.
War reporter Paul Watson won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1993 photograph of a dead American being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu; he has since reported from the Balkans, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. These poems emerge from his correspondence with the poet Dan O’Brien, and their eventual meeting on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.
“Dan O’Brien goes to the root of troubling mysteries with a clear eye and a heart that is never less than full. I commend this work for its great originality, courage and humanity.”
Fergal Keane, BBC Foreign Correspondent
“The subject of this book is war and the pity of war – distilled into very powerful poems... A distinguished achievement.”
“War Reporter is an edgy, heartbreaking amalgam of memoir, dramatic monologue and poetic intensity...”
“The book is superb, subtle, memorable, and of a piece. It sings and cries. It consoles. It is a gift to readers of poetry.”
Dan O’Brien is an American playwright and poet. His play The Body of an American premiered in 2012. His poems have been widely published in magazines in both the UK and the US, including Poetry Review. He lives in Los Angeles.