In the Shadow of the Annamese Mountains
A Note from the Author"I was first introduced to the idea of political poetry on October 18, 1970, about midnight, in an all-night Harvard Square corner bookstore. A few months before that encounter I had returned from the war in Viet Nam. To say that I was confused and angry is an understatement. I was also somewhat lost. Then on that fateful night I found this wonderful collection of poems by Denise Levertov that captured her journey to North Viet Nam as a peace activist. This was the first serious "discussion" I had read from and about "my" war. And true to what Robert Bly considers effective political poetry, Levertov used the personal to open up the universal. I was captured, and unlike my response to military "service," I did not want to escape. Instead, I sought out more of her work and other poets and, eventually, began to write my own poems...."
Viet Nam War, poetry, American poetry
Creative Writing | Poetry
Rawlings, Doug, "In the Shadow of the Annamese Mountains" (2020). Faculty and Staff Books. 95.