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Poetry embedded on the front lines

By Harriet Staff

In the 1967 documentary Vietnam War: The Battle of Con Thien, Mike Wallace observes that when things started to heat up, there was no longer time for “casual cleaning of weapons.” Some Marines like Ned Broderick, who would go on to co-found the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, found alternative ways to channel their feelings on the war (Ned is at 4:36 in the clip):

When youth was a soldier
And I fought across the sea
We were young and cold hearts
Of bloody savagery

Born of indignation
Children of our time
We were orphans of creation
And dying in our prime

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, December 13th, 2010 by Harriet Staff.