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The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner


by Randall Jarrell

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner Resources


The Poetry Foundation on Jarrell

Curious about the man behind the poem? This bio will give you a good idea of what kind of guy Randall was.

Need more Randall?

Five lines not enough for ya? Click to read more (longer) poems by Jarrell.

And Then Randall Said…

Here's Randall on, well, a bunch of stuff.

Robert on Randall

Check out the poet Robert Lowell's poem titled, "Randall Jarrell."


"The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" on Moving Poems

Think you can't make a video out of a 5 line poem? Think again.

Down the Hatch

Being a ball turret gunner is definitely not a job for the faint of heart, or the claustrophobic.


Randall Reads It

Before listening, take a second (okay, 10 seconds) and read the poem aloud yourself. Then, listen to how Randall lays it down.

Randall Reads More

Hear Jarrell read poems at the 92 Street Y in NYC in 1963.


Randall with Students

It looks like Randall was quite the ladies' man!

Where's Randall?

Shmoop could hardly recognize Randall without his signature beard.

Randall and Friend

At long last, the answer to that burning question: Dog person or cat person?

A Man in Uniform…

Here's a picture of Jarrell during his military service.

Articles and Interviews

More Death

This article on the circumstances of Jarrell's death gives some valuable insight into his life.


Little Friend, Little Friend

Here's the book that contains "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner."

Randall Jarrell, The Complete Poems

You can browse through this one and see what Randall can do when he lets himself use a few more lines.

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