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New Tarzon Guided Bomb Hits Bull’s-Eye!

Don Mee Choi

‘Watch this performance carefully, for you are witnessing a new concept of modern warfare.’

New Tarzon Guided
Bomb Hits Bull’s-
Eye!

A secret new wonder bomb, the result of exhaustive testing and experimentation, is dropped from a B-29 over a secret proving ground somewhere in the United States. At first the bomb, called Tarzon, merely seems to fall, then as if guided by an invisible hand, moves off to the right to follow the line below. At the end of the line is the target, which the bomb seeks out with an eerie, almost human understanding. Watch this performance carefully, for you are witnessing a new concept of modern warfare. Now the bomb holds fast to the line. The Air Force refuses to give details of the Tarzon’s operation and range, but it hits the bull’s-eye as the bombardier intended. That was a practice run. Now, in actual combat in Korea, the guided bomb seeks out the underwater structure of a dam vital to the Reds. Again a perfect bull’s-eye. Is the Tarzon in mass production? Is it used regularly in Korea? The Air Force doesn’t say. Still more sensational films show the Tarzon seeking out a bridge. Loaded with an atomic warhead, the Tarzon could be the world’s most terrifying weapon.

Bomb With A Brain
Aka “The Tarzon”
Guides Itself To
Targets

America’s secret new wonder bomb, the Tarzon, is dropped over a hush-hush testing ground somewhere in the United States. At first glance, it appears to be rather like a V-1 rocket the Germans used to fire at southern England. But now it moves to the right to follow the road below as if guided by some invisible hand. At the end of the long road is the target, which the bomb seeks out with an uncanny, almost human understanding. The target’s not far off now, and the bomb’s still holding fast to its path. The circular target area is below, and down goes the Tarzon. That was a practice run, but in action in Korea the bomb is released to seek out the underwater structure of a dam vital to the Reds. Another bull’s-eye. The American Air Force refuses to give any details of the Tarzon’s range and operation. Now the bomb attacks an enemy- held bridge. Loaded with an atomic warhead the Tarzon might well be one of the world’s most powerful weapons.

 
 
notes on the poems: ‘New Tarzon Guided Bomb Hits Bull’s-Eye!’ (American voice-over) and ‘Bomb With A Brain Aka “The Tarzon” Guides Itself To Targets’ (British voice-over): narration borrowed from British Pathé 1952 newsreel.
Cover photograph © Crodriguesc

Don Mee Choi

Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War, The Morning News Is Exciting, and translator of contemporary Korean women poets. Her most recent works include the chapbook Petite Manifesto and the pamphlet Freely Frayed,=q, & Race=Nation. She was born in Seoul and now lives in Seattle.

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