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.