Acknowledgement: Poems From The 'Nam: Poetry With Muscle From The Vietnam War
An ungrateful nation did not give the Vietnam Veteran the acknowledgment he or she was due. This book is an effort to correct that enormous travesty. This work does not glorify the war in Vietnam, rather it is the intention for this work to serve to illuminate the experiences of the individuals who spent their year (or years) in-country. The entire focus is on how Americans stationed there lived, fought, died, and otherwise did their duty. The reader should be aware that there will be many hundreds of stories that will never be told from that war, due to a lack of generous listening to the Vietnam Veteran. These poems here provide "snapshots," rare glimpses of how it was, then and there. The poems in this work are written from interviews with Vietnam Veterans. The interviews were conducted over a two year period, 1992-1994. All events and experiences are true to the best memory of the interviewed Veteran. Names of specific military technology have been used to enhance the culture of the experience.