A Kind of Heaven: Poems of Viet Nam by Deborah Ford.
After her travel to Viet Nam, Ford wrote these 34 poems about her experiences and observations of contemporary culture in both the northern and southern regions of that re-unified country. Of course, for all members of her generation in the background of her visit is the memory of the Viet Nam Conflict. From “Sampan on the Mekong”:
America’s first TV war, my first war.
This is what I remember:
The river, a soldier’s uncertainty
Of living to see tomorrow.
After what felt like a lifetime of wounds,
Now becomes a kind of heaven.
All phantoms have taken their leave.
Out of stock.