- By Allison Bird Treacy
Kill Class by Nomi Stone (Tupelo, 2019)
Living as we do in a time of ceaseless, overlapping wars, I would venture that most Americans believe that we know how soldiers prepare for war, through basic training and boot camp, the persistent physical trials of young men to ensure their strength. In order to enter into Nomi Stone’s incisive second collection, Kill Class, however, we have to let go of this vision of military training, and follow her through the vortex of the anthropologist’s camera. There we encounter Pineland, the military training ground that “has room for whatever the world does to itself.”
Home to a special class of war games, Pineland can be anything, but today it’s Iraq—any city there, any Middle Eastern...