American War veteran and poet, Professor Bruce Weigl is in Vietnam for the launch of his Memoir ‘After the Rain Stopped Pounding’ and for literary exchanges during his visit from December 10 to 20.
The memoir "After the Rain Stopped Pounding"
His memoir ‘After the Rain Stopped Pounding’ includes 36 of his poems and 6 articles which have been translated into Vietnamese by Nguyen Phan Que Mai.
As a translator, Nguyen Phan Que Mai was moved to tears as he visualized images of a now 60 year old man who only felt regret and sorrow at the horrible atrocities that his government and the armed forces committed during the Vietnam War.
Literary experts see the poetical world of Bruce Weigl as brimming with love, remorse and sensitivity.
Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa thinks his poems help to relive the heroic and dolorous moments during the war with America and deeply sympathizes with American soldiers who were thrown in the cruel war in the line of duty.
American War veteran and poet, Professor Bruce Weigl
Bruce Weigl was born in 1949 in Lorain, Ohio. He served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968. His first full-length collection of poems A Romance, was published in 1979.
Weigl once served as the president of the Associated Writing Programs. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Song of Napalm and in 2006 he won the Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He was awarded the 2003 Poetry Panel Chair for the National Book Award.
The poetry night ‘Returning to my Vietnamese home’ and the launch of his memoir will take place in Hanoi on December 16.