DOMINATION, Jason Arment

Domination
by Jason Arment

Not enough to simply
beat them into submission
They have to like it
we need to win hearts & minds

Which makes cointell ops
a little tricky, because, obviously
They aren't going to love 
you, or some weird 

shit like that
They hate, & that's 
fine, as long as They
fear—little soldier boots

Tell the ROTC
kids they’ll die
for no reason
good-to-go?

Because eventually
the measure of
sacrifice is not of one’s 
own blood, but another

That’s American as apple
pie & flags at half-mast
to respect the dead while
the living are desecrated

Jason Arment served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Machine Gunner in the USMC. He’s earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Lunch Ticket, Chautauqua, Hippocampus, The Burrow Press Review (Push Cart nomination), Dirty Chai, COG, Phoebe, Pithead Chapel, The Indianola Review, Brevity, The Florida Review (Best American Essays inclusion), Atticus Review, Zone 3, New Madrid, Veterans Writing Project, Midwestern Gothic, Duende, Hypertext, and War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities; anthologized in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volumes 2, 4, & 5; and is forthcoming from Digging Through the Fat and in the 2017 Best American Essays collection. University of Hell Press will publish his memoir Musalaheen in 2017. Jason lives in Denver, where he coordinates the Denver Veterans Writing Workshop with the Colorado Humanities and Lighthouse.

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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