The War Reporter Paul Watson
in a Coffee Shop in Aleppo


Every revolution has a problem with power. Submitting Afghanistan as an example: jihadis will come with strings attached. Beheadings and stonings and young girls raped in the name of marriage —the works! Surely you have not risen up against millennia of tyranny only to pimp your kids for these psychos instead? A young man rises. Your country did nothing. Pointing, crying. I wonder if he could hit me. Have I betrayed him personally? Trying to smooth things over, an old man interjects: We do not love jihadis. But the more our people die the more we learn to love.

DAN O’BRIEN’s third collection of poetry, New Life, will be published by CB Editions in London in 2015. His second collection, _Scarsdale, was published by CB Editions in 2014, and in the US by Measure Press in 2015. War Reporter, his debut collection, was published in 2013 by CB Editions, and by Hanging Loose Press in the US. War Reporter received the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Foundation’s Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, both in the UK. O'Brien’s poems have appeared internationally in journals, magazines, and newspapers including 32 Poems, 5 AM, 10Tal, Ambit, Bare Fiction, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Crab Orchard Review.