Brian Turner is an American writer and veteran of the United State Army. His first book, Here, Bullet, is based off his experiences in Iraq and won the Beatrice Hawley Award in 2005. “What Every Solider Should Know” creatively translates phrases and situations like ceremonial traditions from Iraqi culture for American soldiers. This poem raises questions about patriotism, democracy, cultural and ethnic differences, tolerance and intolerance, education, and identity.
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Originally published in Here, Bullet (2005)
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