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Visions of War, Dreams of Peace

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Lynda Van Devanter--author of the backlist classic Home Before Morning, which inspired the TV show "China Beach"--edited this powerful collection of poems reminiscent of Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. All author proceeds from the book will go to the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project. 6 photographs.

Dried corsages. Like swans on still water. Saturday night. Mellow
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Grand Central Publishing
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May 25, 2009 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English 3 teachers and students.
Recommended to Claudia by: Tori Jan Allen, Britton
My friend Britton warned me the quality was uneven in these poems. Not surprising, since most were written by women who didn't consider themselves poets. Many of these match Emily Dickinson's definition of poetry: they took the top of my head off.

Women served in Viet Nam; women saw horrendous suffering; they worked to save lives in a war that destroyed them. These poems have been collected by Van Devanter to give us a glimpse of the worlds these nurses saw. Sprinkled among the American women's p
Mar 03, 2008 Ellen rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most impactful books that I have read regarding the war. The voices of the women are heard loud and clear. And, their stories and messages transcend gender. I have performed a number of these works at competitive readings, and there is never a dry eye in the room. To learn about their experience one only needs to open their minds and ears and listen.
Oct 05, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
Their poems mark a coming to grips with the experiences of war--mostly its aftermath in shattered bodies and souls since most of the contributors were nurses. Remembering that none of these women were drafted,the impact of going to serve but not being fully prepared for what they would see, and hear, and smell, was shaping and often shattering.
They reflect on the intimacy of being with young men at the instant of their death, the bond that prompted soldiers invariably to seek their mothers as t
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I was given this book by Joan Skiba, a nurse who served in Vietnam. I met her at a community college where she and I, both in our 40's, were doing a mid life career change. She had spent many years (far too many she said) in the ER and had decided to become a teacher. She encouraged me to get my nursing degree and she'll never know (we lost contact after our Elements of Math class ended) what an impact she had on my choices. I love this book of poems, not only because of Joan but because of its ...more
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Lynda Van Devanter was one of thousands of American women who served as nurses in Vietnam during the war. Like many of these other women, she worked grueling shifts in a poorly equipped hospital and treated horrible wounds. Upon returning to the United States, she struggled with feelings of anger, depression, and hopelessness with little support from either the U.S. government or American society. ...more
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