Tragicomic take on Gitmo

Aims to exorcise myths of xenophobia and human hierarchy that foster so much suffering.

Jacobo Bitar, Ecuadorian of Indigenous/Lebanese parentage, seeks American Dream working a summer job at Delaware beaches, but lands in Gitmo.

With snippets of news, scholarship, and a host of classical and experimental forms, Jacobo the Turko is a unique hybrid work that recalls the poetry of William Carlos Williams, Nicolás Guillén (Cuban national poet), and Rita Dove.

For Zoom Rollout invite, write:
author [at]


From Broken Turtle Books:
Jacobo the Turko
Zoom Rollout June 3, 2021, 7pm

Phillip Bannowsky is a poet and novelist who draws on his experiences as Navy brat, autoworker, international educator, and human rights activist to address the human mundane vs. historical juggernaut. Having spent 31 years chasing the assembly line at Chrysler’s now shuttered and razed Newark (Delaware) Assembly Plant, he taught secondary English in Ecuador and Lebanon and The Poetry of Empowerment at the University of Delaware. He is an associate editor at Dreamstreets magazine and was the 2017 recipiant of an Established Artist Fellowship in Poetry for his then work-in-progress, Jacobo the Turko: a novel in verses.
Phillip Bannowsky Logo
News and Events (press kit)
The Milk of Human Kindness
a poetic monologue
The Mother Earth Inn
Jacobo the Turko:
a novel in verses
Samples to Jacobo and others