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From Both Sides Now

The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath

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Phillip Mahony (View Bio)
Hardcover: Scribner, 1998; Paperback: Scribner, 1998.

From Both Sides Now
(amazon)

"Wanting to revive awareness of the Vietnam War, which he sees slipping into oblivion because Americans would rather not talk about it, Philip Mahony has crafted a new kind of war-poetry anthology. He has chosen poems by both Americans and Vietnamese; by both adults involved in the fighting and children, now grown, who were displaced by it; and by both combatants and protesters.... Read in order, the poems create a vivid and emotionally powerful panorama of the war and its wake. Only a vast oral history with a vast philosophical novel might surpass this collection's portrayal of how what happened in Vietnam affected the ordinary people swept up in it." — Booklist