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Davis, Cortney & Schaeffer, Judy (editors)
Between the Heartbeats

This is a book of poems and short essays by nurses. It is not a book of poems about Vietnam, but several of the authors are Vietnam veterans. I include it because it is a remarkable book and almost all of the poems are of a very high quality.  It is the first anthology by nurses.  I hope there will be another! 

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Ehrhart, W.D.

Carrying the Darkness : The Poetry of the Vietnam War

1989 

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The Distance We Travel

1993 

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The Outer Banks & Other Poems

1985 

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Just for Laughs

1990 

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Unaccustomed Mercy : Soldier Poets of the Vietnam War

Edited by W.D. Ehrhart 1989 

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Franklin, H. Bruce
The Vietnam War : In American Stories, Songs, and Poems

This book is noteworthy in part for including women veteran poets.   Jan 1996. 

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Gratzer, Sonny [author's website]
General Issue Blues, Viet Nam to Here: A Warrior's Tour

Poems by a Vietnam vet.  

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Mahoney, Philip 
From Both Sides Now : The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath

An anthology of poetry by American and Vietnamese poets. The book description says the editor "scoured the globe to find amazing and, in some cases, never-before-published poetry."  Too bad he didn't turn up any incountry women!    Nov 1998 

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Nye, Jim
Aftershock : Poems and Prose from the Vietnam War

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Simay, Michael
Reflections During a Monsoon Evening : The Poems and Memories of a Vietnam Soldier

Sep 1996. 

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Small PressVan Devanter, Lynda and Furey, Joan (editors)
Visions of War, Dreams of Peace : Writings of Women in the Vietnam War

A collection of poems by women who were "in-country." This anthology was put together to raise money for the Vietnam Womens' Memorial. It is still, unfortunately, the only anthology of poems by women who were in Vietnam. The quality of the work varies, but the feelings come through and some of the work is brilliant.   

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Small Press Woodall, Phil
Rhymer in the Sunset : A Poetic Perspective of the Vietnam Experience

Per the poet: My rhymes depict the American citizen soldier who have fought for this country bravely, reluctantly and fiercely since the birth of our nation. Soldiers are like all Americans, short, tall, black, white, Hispanic, male, female, good, evil, greedy and kind. Maybe some day war can be eradicated from the human experience but since the beginning of time, no cure has yet be found. There continues to be a need then in the words of Stephen Vincent Benet to "unriddle the doubtful scrawl of war and courage and love and death." I hope Rhymer in the Sunset can help unriddle the scrawl a little.

Phil was with the 101st Airborne during Tet.  1999

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Small Press Wray, Clyde [author's website]
Sonnets for Lovers and Strangers

Pub. 1998, $12.95 from:

Poetry For Your Ear Publishing
16350 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 276
Encino, California 91436
818 981-7161

Cause Everybody Ain't a Hero

Pub. 1997, $14.95 from the above address

The next best thing to hearing Clyde Wray read his poems is to buy his book and read them for yourself!


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My Vietnam Related Websites:
button Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet

button Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
button Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
button All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
button Battle Dressing ~
button Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
button Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998

My Other Websites:
Maybe Later . . . ~ My Creative Nonfiction
Irish in Korea ~ Irish men and women who gave their lives in the Korean War
Literature of the Korean War ~ Don't let the literature be forgotten
Samuel Pepys ~ One of my favorite authors
Chicago Theatre Z - A ~ This is the best theater town in the country!
Soccer Literature ~ I'm a fan and I read
O'Leary Lantern ~ Fire! Fire! Fire!
Gil Thorp ~ THE Coach (apologies to The General!)
Poetry of the First World War ~ Owen, Hardy and others
Chi-COW-go ~ Cowz plus Commentary (this used to be a cow town)
Graham Fulton, Scottish Poet ~ Charles Manson Auditions for the Monkees

Other Important Websites:
The Truth About Caroline ~ a  really good Young Adult book by my niece, Stacey
M. Lane Grosh
Remember Oklahoma City ~  The
Civil Service and Military will NEVER forget!

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