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"Jundee Ameriki" by Brian Turner
Transcript of "Jundee Ameriki" by Brian Turner
Born 1967 Visalia, California
No rhyme scheme
No structure -- free verse
- Jundee Ameriki: American soldier (Arabic)
- Abaya: loose, long robe worn by some Muslim women
- Allah al Akbar: meaning "God is great" or "greatest"
-- "expelling foreign material"
-- "It is a kind of weeping the body does"
-- "Her lasting gift"
-- "Who carries fragments of the war"
Our interpretation of Brian Turner's poem "Jundee Ameriki" is that the poem is used as an expression of what could be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to the traumatizing events endured during the war. This poem is a form of expression because of the descriptive phrases used to describe the after math effects. The Dr. Sushruta could be the VA psychologist helping this young American on his way to recovery from such endured traumas.
At the VA hospital in Long Beach, California, Dr. Sushruta scores open a thin layer of skin to reveal an object traveling up through muscle. It is a kind of weeping the body does, expelling foreign material, sometimes years after injury. Dr. Sushruta lifts slivers of shrapnel, bits
of coarse gravel, road debris, diamond-shaped points of glass—the minutiae of the story reconstructing a cold afternoon in Baghdad, November of 2005. The body offers aged cloth from a burka dyed in blood, even shards of bone. And if he were to listen intently, he might hear the roughened larynx of this woman calling up through the long corridors of flesh, saying
Allah al Akbar, before releasing her body’s weapon, her dark and lasting gift for this jundee Ameriki, who carries fragments of the war inscribed in scar tissue, a deep, intractable pain, the dull grief of it the body must learn to absorb.
He also was in the Army for
seven years and spent a
year in Iraq.
Also was deployed to Bosnia-
Herzegovina in 1999-2000.
He has two poetry collections
(2005) and a memoir,
My Life as a Foreign Contry
President Obama as the 44th president of the USA