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VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE
Refugees crossing the Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam, during the Tet Offensive, January  1968, National Archives
Poem for Tt
by Ted Sexauer

Lang C village, Vit Nam
Lunar New Year, 31/1/1995

This is the poem
that will save my life
this the line that will cure me
this word, this, the word word the one

this   breath   the one I am.

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Reprinted from VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE, © 2006. Reprinted with permission of Koa Books.

References and Reading:
VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE
For nearly fifteen years under Maxine Hong Kingston's guidance, members of the Veterans Writing Group have told, written, and rewritten their stories. Many of the works have been collected in VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE. Read excerpts from the book online.

THE AMERICAN NOVEL: Maxine Hong Kingston
Profile of Maxine Hong Kingston from PBS' 2007 series THE AMERICAN NOVEL. The Web site contains an extensive interactive timeline of works from 1826 to today.

Related Media:
WATCH Maxine Hong Kingston from WORLD OF IDEAS: Watch Bill Moyers' 1990 interview with Maxine Hong Kingston from the WORLD OF IDEAS series. Kingston and Moyers discuss Kingston's works THE WOMAN WARRIOR, CHINA MEN and TRIPMASTER MONKEY as well as her work with veterans.

BECOMING AMERICAN
In 2003, on NOW with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers spoke with poet Susan Sontag about her experiences with war.

Published May 25, 2007

Also This Week:

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
Bill Moyers sits down with Chinese-American author Maxine Hong Kingston to discuss poetry, war and the transformative power of stories.

VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE
Read excerpts of writings collected from Maxine Hong Kingston's workshops with veterans and their families.

VETERANS RESOURCES
Learn about how to contribute to a national veterans archive project, view information about veterans' benefits, rights and programs in your area, and visit veteran-related program pages from other PBS shows.

D-DAY REVISITED
D-Day Vets. This special edition of Bill Moyers Journal features D-Day veterans in the poignant D-Day Revisited, which explores the sometimes painful memories of their wartime experiences.

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