New and Selected Poems of Vietnam (Second Edition) Last Lambs was crafted to give voice to the inner war of the soldier in the field and the ghost ”on the other side of the sky.” These poems guide the reader through the...
“These poems are always in season… there is a ripeness in these pages that reflects….late summer light” John Mark Eberhart, The Kansas City...
“The verses call up the Holocaust, the Vietnam War (in which Bauer served), and yet the writer blends those images with something as ‘mundane’ as a group of boys tormenting an outcast” John Mark Eberhart, The...
“Bill Bauer is a poet of spooky power. His poems literally make your neck hair rise, and his range is impressive: war, family, nature, the poems highly on darkly colored with a palette from disparate places.” — Jim...
“Be regular and orderly in your life, like a good bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
My mother taught me to read when I was four years old. Over the years we played word jumbles together, and though deprived of a high school education, she always won. I have since been enchanted by the sounds of words and people’s voices. Most of all, I like to catch the sound of the voice at moments when the words are spoken by whim or chance, at random, spoken in moments of want, protest or surprise. I think this is where authenticity can be found.Read More
“All this —
was for you, old woman.
I wanted to write a poem
that you would understand.
For what good is it to me
if you can’t understand it?”
— William Carlos Williams
“Imaginary gardens with real toads in them”
— Marianne Moore’s Definition of Poetry
“All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
— Albert EinsteinRead More
“I taught a Vietnam War class at a community college for many years. I would use this book as one of my texts. I highly recommend it to poetry readers, to veterans who wish a refreshing and different take on the tour of a grunt — and especially to teachers looking for something special with which to challenge their students.
— David Willson, Books in Review II, The VVA Veteran, February, 2014
“Death watches him from eyes of the angry ghosts of the Vietnam War, and so these pages are filled with a terrible beauty that draws its power from ever-present danger…this book remembers the dismembered of that long war so we won’t forget.”
— Tony Barnstone, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, November, 2013Read More
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