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Praise for Phantoms
Fortier’s poetry – can I even call it that? - seems to do the impossible: transfer the experience of combat directly into our psyches. Phantoms is stunning. If you have never been in combat, you will understand something new and important. And if you have – well, you don’t need to hear it from me. Just take a deep breath and open up the book…
Sebastian Junger, Author of War, Tribe, & Freedom
My name is Benjamin Fortier. Since 2009, I've been self-publishing poetry, working in the media industry, and healing from a combat deployment to an incredibly violent city: Al-Falluja, Iraq (circa 2006).
It has taken me fifteen-odd years to reach into the depths of the young man you see in this photo and rip out the unrefined innards that made up the thoughts, memories, and emotions that drove me to join the Marine Corps after the effects of September 11, 2001.
Thanks for joining me on this journey.
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