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Phantom Noise In The Aftermath Of Best Selling Here, Bullet, Brian Turner Deftly Illuminates Existence As Both Easily Extinguishable And Ultimately Enduring These Prophetic, Osmotic Poems Wage A Daily Battle For Normalcy, Seeking Structure In The Quotidian While Grappling With The Absence Of Forgetting


10 thoughts on “Phantom Noise

  1. says:

    Brian Turner was a rifle team leader in Iraq, and he draws on his own experience as well as the literary and political history of Iraq in this excellent collection of his poetry His most famous poems from this collection, Al A imma Bridge and The Mutanabbi Street Bombing place specific acts of violence, both intentional and not, within the context of a people ripping their own history apart while realizing they have not consciously chosen to do so.The idea of deliberation rests heavily in t Brian Turner was a rifle team leader in Iraq, and he draws on his own experience as well as the literary and political history of Iraq in this excellent collection of his poetry His most famous poems from this collection, Al A imma Bridge and The Mutanabbi Street Bombing place specific acts of violence, both intentional and not, within the context of a people ripping their own history apart while realizing they have not consciously chosen to do so.The idea of deliberation rests heavily in these poems As a team leader, Turner would have had little say in where he placed his fire team In these poems, landscape appear before him He s placed them, and us, into them, as opposed to deliberately seeking them out We find ourselves on nighttime drives out of Fresno with Turner, but neither he nor us know why we re on the road or what we ll find when we get there.Into these meaningless journeys, the ghosts of Turner s deployments walk back uninvited into his thoughts They re not deliberately malevolent, but the lack of agency involved with their creation demands they return again and again


  2. says:

    Phantom Noise is a fine follow up collection to Brian Turner s first book, Here, Bullet This book follows a soldier s experience in the Middle East with memories of growing up in the 1970s At first, this may seem like a rather odd juxtaposition of subjects, until we think a bitabout the content It is only natural that a soldier think of home and past life when exploring a strange and or different culture My favorite poem is The Whale where a narrator remembers an experience of seeing Phantom Noise is a fine follow up collection to Brian Turner s first book, Here, Bullet This book follows a soldier s experience in the Middle East with memories of growing up in the 1970s At first, this may seem like a rather odd juxtaposition of subjects, until we think a bitabout the content It is only natural that a soldier think of home and past life when exploring a strange and or different culture My favorite poem is The Whale where a narrator remembers an experience of seeing a dead whale blown up on a beach..and I remember everyone smiling afterward, laughing, each of us amazed the day a god was blown to pieces on the beach and we walked away from it, unscathed


  3. says:

    I enjoyed Here, Bullet a great deal, and have taught the book many times I was excited about a new book by Brian Turner Phantom Noise is a good book The poems are well crafted, the language precise, but overall, there s not much to differentiate it from Here, Bullet True, Turner does move beyond the battlefield in this volume, but the poetry is, for the most part, about the same issues, ideas, and paradoxes Turner explored in his first book I d read one book or the other, but not both I enjoyed Here, Bullet a great deal, and have taught the book many times I was excited about a new book by Brian Turner Phantom Noise is a good book The poems are well crafted, the language precise, but overall, there s not much to differentiate it from Here, Bullet True, Turner does move beyond the battlefield in this volume, but the poetry is, for the most part, about the same issues, ideas, and paradoxes Turner explored in his first book I d read one book or the other, but not both


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Phantom Noise, had a lot to live up to It did not disappoint In this book, Turner succeeds in haunting his readers with the echoes and phantoms that plague a soldier who is home from war It begins with VA HOSPITAL CONVESSIONAL, with the words Each night is different Each night is the same Wherein a soldier is traveling the long road back and forth in his dreams, confessing the troubling images he can t erase from his thoughts I whisper into their ears saying,Howlwin Howlwin Meaning, Mo Phantom Noise, had a lot to live up to It did not disappoint In this book, Turner succeeds in haunting his readers with the echoes and phantoms that plague a soldier who is home from war It begins with VA HOSPITAL CONVESSIONAL, with the words Each night is different Each night is the same Wherein a soldier is traveling the long road back and forth in his dreams, confessing the troubling images he can t erase from his thoughts I whisper into their ears saying,Howlwin Howlwin Meaning, Mortars Mortars Howl wind, motherfucker Howl wind The milk cow stares with its huge brown eyesThe milk cow wants to know how I can do this to another human being Turner takes us along for a veteran s experience shopping in AT LOWE S HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER where nails look like firing pins from M 16s, the swooping sound of plywood falling to the ground sound like mortars the moment they crack open and cash registers sliding shut sound like machine guns being charged Ordinary sounds and shapes shift into ominous reminders of this far away war that can instantaneously reappear back at home.That bridge from here to there is nowherehaunting than a coupling of poems that appear side by side PUGET SOUND and AL A IMMA BRIDGE The first is a poem about a soldier who strangles his wife and throws her body in the Puget Sound Her body is found days later with eyes grayed out by what she s seen The second is an epic about the kind of tragedy we can t possibly imagine Iraqi pilgrims who were trampled and drowned from the mere rumor of an eminent suicide bombing Not a single shot fired, no explosion, but a panic the kind that comes from living with a constant threat From knowing the sound of breaking glass and the concussion of explosives ripping through bodies and metal and concrete This kind of just beneath the surface fear caused a crush over the Al A Imma Bridge, a railing gave way and 965 pilgrims were trampled and drowned to death, falling into the Tigris river In the epic, Turner tells the history of Iraq with the falling of those bodies The German Luftwaffe from 1941, back further and deeper to Alexander the Great and the Babylonians and Sumerians and Assyrians He recalls the year 1258 when Baghdad was sacked and all her inhabitants massacred and thrown into the Tigris The great House of Wisdom, one of the greatest collections of information of the ancient world was burned, scrolls thrown into the river The falling bodies awake the djinn, spirit beings created out of fire They sense and feed on emotions, and they want to claw and grab at the ankles of the falling bodies The Tigris is filling with the dead, filling with bricks from Abu Ghraib, burning vehicles pushed from Highway 1, with rebar, stone, metal, with rubble from the mosque bombed in Samarra All the way back to Gilgamesh who knows that each life is the world dying anew It is an epic that dares you to find out, to rediscover this history and its meaning, to learn about the people we ve been at war with all these years.This book slayed me It was full of the same power and intensity as the first, but if it is possible, I think this one struck eveninto the core of my emotions Turner masterfully got into my head, with a tinnitus of rhythm in the title poem, PHANTOM NOISE This threading of bullets in muscle and bone this ringinghum this ringing hum thisringing You can t read that poem and not hear those metallic words plinking around upstairs.In INSIGNIA, with complete sensitivity, Turner focuses in on the subject of sexual assault on female soldiers In the poem, a woman is hiding under a truck from a Sergeant who has every intention of raping her The voice in the poem seems to talk the Sgt down, talks him out of it just for tonight This poem is so delicately done, it almost feels like a bedtime story But one that packs Turner s signature punch It s you she s dreaming of, Sergeant she ll dream of youfor years to come If she makes it out of this country alive,which she probably will You will be the fire and the hoveringbreath Not the sniper Not the bomber in the streets You.So I m here to ask this one night s reprieve.Let her sleep tonight Let her sleep There are not many books that I will say this about, but honestly this is one that is worth picking up a copy of Mine is marked up and worn and noted on and I love these poems again every time I read them


  5. says:

    Phantom Noise is an emotionally engaging and intellectually refreshing volume of modern poetry I enjoyed this collection because the collection, as a whole, finds a balance between the poems that focus on the war and the poems that focus on the life of the culturally re assimilated solider, while even finding room for a few poems that stray entirely from Turner s central war based themes I found this volume of poetry different than a lot of modern poetry and it was appealing for that reason M Phantom Noise is an emotionally engaging and intellectually refreshing volume of modern poetry I enjoyed this collection because the collection, as a whole, finds a balance between the poems that focus on the war and the poems that focus on the life of the culturally re assimilated solider, while even finding room for a few poems that stray entirely from Turner s central war based themes I found this volume of poetry different than a lot of modern poetry and it was appealing for that reason My first thought was that Turner doesn t read like your typical bourgeois MFA professor poet But Turner does have an MFA and he is a professor He is able to transcend boxes and designations that society heaves upon us, and it comes through in each of these poems Neither he nor his speakers are just a war veteran or professor or poet or father or lover or survivor or witness to trauma there is an amalgamation of all His speaker s are fully fleshed human beings weaving intense narratives that are capable invoking emotive empathy Given the highly polarizing subject, Turner s poems are never polemic or didactic His most sacred duty as a poet is as a witness and in this capacity he vigilantly serves the reader as genuinely as he has served his country This was a fantastic volume of poetry that I will be reading and re reading for some time to come Highly Recommended


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    Read as 3.5 stars.I loved Here, Bullet and have repeatedly sung its praises, so when I saw a new book from Turner, I was excited Altogether, though, I didn t feel much new from this collection in many ways, I simply felt like I was reading pages that had been culled from his first manuscript In my opinion, these poems do nothing that takes us beyond his last book and many of them don t feel as finished to me These are, however, very heavily researched poems so maybe they are over finish Read as 3.5 stars.I loved Here, Bullet and have repeatedly sung its praises, so when I saw a new book from Turner, I was excited Altogether, though, I didn t feel much new from this collection in many ways, I simply felt like I was reading pages that had been culled from his first manuscript In my opinion, these poems do nothing that takes us beyond his last book and many of them don t feel as finished to me These are, however, very heavily researched poems so maybe they are over finished, revised to the point of losing some of their life I realize how negative this all sounds, but Turner is still a very gifted poet who has a lot to say that we need to listen to I also felt that the final section of this book was its strongest and the point where Turner s narrative really started to stretch out, to become something else so I have a lot of faith that this author will continue to be a strong voice


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    3.5 stars I am trying to becomeversed in poetry as it s not a genre that I pick up that often Suffice it to say that I m no expert on what would be considered good poetry, so take this review with a grain of salt I picked this one up after I read that Turner would be at Spokane s Get Lit Festival I enjoyed so many of his works in this book, although some left me a bit cold Of particular beauty were Helping Her Breathe and Ajal both just lovely in their simplicity and ability 3.5 stars I am trying to becomeversed in poetry as it s not a genre that I pick up that often Suffice it to say that I m no expert on what would be considered good poetry, so take this review with a grain of salt I picked this one up after I read that Turner would be at Spokane s Get Lit Festival I enjoyed so many of his works in this book, although some left me a bit cold Of particular beauty were Helping Her Breathe and Ajal both just lovely in their simplicity and ability to say so much why I am appreciating poetryandSo while some were not enjoyable, I did appreciate the process of sitting down and not rushing through, but just thinking about Turner s words, and how they made me feel A good process, and one I would recommend


  8. says:

    The poems in this volume are expertly arranged Many reside in the category soldier home from war The final section arcs from the speaker s difficulty re assimilating to his salvation and hope, a figuring out how to navigate his return to his former life now that he s a different man Closing lines of The One Square Inch Project When I return to California,to my life with its many engines I find myself changed,the city somehow muted, frenetic and fully charged with living, yes,but still, wh The poems in this volume are expertly arranged Many reside in the category soldier home from war The final section arcs from the speaker s difficulty re assimilating to his salvation and hope, a figuring out how to navigate his return to his former life now that he s a different man Closing lines of The One Square Inch Project When I return to California,to my life with its many engines I find myself changed,the city somehow muted, frenetic and fully charged with living, yes,but still, when gifted with this silence, motions have of a dance to them, like fish in schools of hunger, onceflashing in sunlight, now turning in shadow


  9. says:

    After a number of attempts to find some good poetry, was fortunate enough to find this right after Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith This collection was great, especially VA Hospital Confessional At Lowe s Home Improvement Center Howl Wind Puget Sound Zippo Homemade Napalm Insignia In the Tannour Oven One Square Inch Project From Homemade Napalm but I began to learn to be a man is to carry things inside no one would ever understand There are not a lot of good collections of war poet After a number of attempts to find some good poetry, was fortunate enough to find this right after Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith This collection was great, especially VA Hospital Confessional At Lowe s Home Improvement Center Howl Wind Puget Sound Zippo Homemade Napalm Insignia In the Tannour Oven One Square Inch Project From Homemade Napalm but I began to learn to be a man is to carry things inside no one would ever understand There are not a lot of good collections of war poetry out there This one is worth the read


  10. says:

    War IS the thing that gives Turner meaning He also sees that gives us meaning, too I loved At Lowe s Home Improvement Center where visions of the battle left behind haunt the speaker and Dead soldiers are laid out at the registers, on the black conveyor belts, and people in line still reach for their wallets Turner can also write about the world at peace with the same compaction and precision he uses in his war poems.