Jacob Siegel is a US Army veteran who serve as an officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The story: Army Iraq veterans reunite in NYC and over the course of a long night take stock of their memories, their present state, and their hopes for the future.
Characters: An unnamed first-person narrator, an Army veteran. Cole and Jimmy, also Army veterans.
Themes: Post-war struggle, civil-military divide
- What is the relationship of the three characters? What do they see in each other?
- How are each of the characters getting on with their lives after Iraq? Who is thriving and who is struggling? Why?
- How do the three veterans interact with civilians who have not served?
For further exploration, watch this video of Jacob Siegel reading his prose-poem “Dreams of Jihad/Cracked Screen.”
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