|The Bio of|
|Gen. Shoshanna Meryl Heim|
Retired Brigadier General, Shoshanna Meryl Heim, served in the Israel Defense Force, Tzahal (צה"ל), from 1983 to 1997. She is a graduate of West Point (Summa Cum Laude). Brigadier General Heim served as an intelligence officer in the Mossad under Efraim Halevy from 1998 to 2002. During her tenure she authored numerous strategic memos incorporated into United States military policy by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Brigadier General Heim currently serves as advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Her book, The Legacy of a Torso, (Time Warner, 2007) was ranked first on The New York Times Best Seller List for thirty-two weeks. She lives in Safed, Israel, with her cat Plasan.
The Poem as Agit-Prop
When I wrote of the women with the M2HB Browning,
the .50 caliber of varying cyclic rates of fire,
450-575 rounds per minute, it was agit-prop,
in the desert with a tripod of steel armor plate,
body-hunting, singing, in orgy, it was agit-prop;
when I wrote of the god,
sadistic, exiled from himself, his life of border
security and bomb-sniffing dogs,
it was me, split open, unable to speak, in exile from
There is no desert, there is no god, there is memory
of my shrapnel life, myself split open in Gaza,
the half-dead child
beside me among the doctors, and a word
of rescue from his brown eyes.
No more agit! No more prop!
Now, for the first time, the god lifts his M2,
for I am cramped in place, and litters the sand
with a hundred more.
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