This is what Bush and bin Laden would say if they met!

November 14th, 2007 - 2:58 am ICT by admin  
University of Wyoming English Professor and National Book Award finalist H.L. Hix has used excerpts from Bush speeches against arguments from Bin Laden to create a unique poetic dialogue that embraces politics, literature, language and culture.

“These are two people who ought to be talking but aren’t, so I’m going to make up a dialogue between them,” Hix said.

“I think there’s important dialogue that hasn’t happened, and I’m trying to generate that dialogue,” he added.

In the book, Hix created poems using Bush’s own words from speeches, executive orders and other public statements. He also constructed poetry from the letters, speeches and other discourses of bin Laden.

“God Bless” also includes candid interviews with a diverse panel of experts, ranging from M. Javad Zarif, the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, to CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen.

“It’s a weird book. It was even a weird book for me. I’ve never done anything like it before, and I don’t think I’ll ever do anything like it again. I don’t know how it started happening, I just sort of found myself doing it,” he said.

Hix said that to research for the book, he read more than 8,000 pages of speeches by the president, obtained from the official White House Web site, and “pulled out language usage that I thought was interesting.”

He then studied bin Laden’s words and wrote what he called “interleaves” that use both direct quotations and reconstruction.

“God Bless,” released by Etruscan Press this month, is available for purchase at local bookstores or on the Internet. (ANI)

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