Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War

Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War

Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War

Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War

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This is one of the very best anthologies of poetry to come out of the Vietnam War. The poets here have given their experiences an energy that transcends time and grabs your heart. Read these poems and know that you will never be the same.

Excerpt

This corrected reprint edition of Carrying the Darkness incorporates a number of corrections to the original edition, including accurate texts for John Balaban's “The Dragonfish” and “For Mrs. Cam, Whose Name Means 'Printed Silk'” and for Walter McDonald's “For Kelly, Missing in Action.”

Those who pay attention to small details will notice also that the subtitle of the anthology has been streamlined for this edition. I chose the original subtitle, American Indochina—the Poetry of the Vietnam War, in an attempt to convey the reality that what most Americans call the Vietnam War was actually a war that encompassed Cambodia and Laos as well. But a three-tiered title is just too cumbersome, and probably doesn't convey what I had hoped it would, so I've deleted “American Indochina.”

I would like to dedicate this edition of the book to my daughter, Leela, in the fervent if futile hope that governments and nations might one day learn that armies are made of children, and that children are the only future we have.

W. D. Ehrhart Philadelphia September 1988 . . .

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