Brian Turner's "The Hurt Locker" captures his personal and painful experiences during his time spent in war and furthermore, express the tragic events he witnessed. Brian Turner's poem is miraculously able to gather multiple first hand accounts of tragic, gory, and devastating moments inside a war zone and project them on to a piece of paper for all to read. He allows the audience of his work to partially understand what hell he himself and all combat veterans have endured. Although heartbreaking, it is a privilege to be taken inside "The Hurt Locker" of a man who saw too many things that should not ever be witnessed by anybody. Turner's words bring to life what many have buried deep inside them which subsequently is one of the major underlying problems facing combat veterans today. Reading this poem, I could not help but wonder what the long term effects of war are on a human being, if it is worth the pain, and how does a combat veteran function properly in a society that is unfamiliar with their experiences?
Brian Turner is an educated man, having earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He was also an English teacher in countries such as Russia, South Korea, and Japan. As a soldier in the United States Army, Brian Turner served on active duty for seven years. "Beginning in 2003, he was an infantry team leader in Iraq with the third Brigade Combat Team, attached to the second Infantry Division." This is one of the US Army's most skilled and aggressive combat units. Turner's education, rank of Sergeant, and his job in the US Army add valuable substance to his
words along with a tremendous amount of credibility. Turner's words in "The Hurt Locker" create a window for his readers to see through h...
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...he rifle. He will always remain a jarhead. And all the jarheads killing and dying, they will always be me. We are still in the desert."
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