Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

John Samuel Tieman: My Lai

March 16, 1968. Fifty years ago, U. S. soldiers killed as many as 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians. Perhaps the worst war crime in American history. Two years after that, I … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

W. D. Ehrhart: Beautiful Wreckage

In Vietnamese, Con Thien means
place of angels. What if it really was
instead of the place of rotting sandbags,
incoming heavy artillery, rats and mud.

June 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Operation Badger Tooth

Once a year, on December 25, a darkness comes up from the earth into my life. On December 24th, nineteen sixty-seven, a battalion landing team comprised of three infantry companies … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 8 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: My War as a Clarinetist

“One time, the band played a welcoming ceremony for these grunts – and I mean they walked right out of the bush and into “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  John Samuel … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

Sam Hamill: True Peace

Half broken on that smoky night, hunched over sake in a serviceman’s dive somewhere in Naha, Okinawa, nearly fifty years ago, I read of the Saigon Buddhist monks who stopped … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Editing

–for Denis Lane   This other Nam vet comes to see me and wants me to see his manuscript.   He brings this nosh, some bagels, so I say OK, let’s … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Ghost Story

the starlings swirling and loud you’d think the years would put the thing to rest you’d think the words would hurry the drive to silence still it comes and goes … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Ordinary War

You ever wonder why, on the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in D. C., the names are not listed alphabetically? The tourist guide answer says something about listing them by date, thus … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 7 Comments

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