Fifteen American poets and reporters as well as some Vietnamese poets held a meeting at the Hanoi Writers’ Association on January 30th.
Fifteen American poets and reporters as well as some Vietnamese poets held a meeting at the Hanoi Writers’ Association on January 30 th .
They went over the same ground of treating “post-war syndrome” for American veterans in the Vietnam War, as set by the “Soldiers’ Heart” organisation.
Compositions by the participants, who used to be soldiers, partly feature the war.
Among them, Marlene L.Warneke, a widow, said that her husband was a pilot who died in Tay Ninh. She would like to participate in a requiem in Vietnam and have a chance to meet and share with other Vietnamese widows of the war.
At the meeting, Edward Tick, the founder of Soldier’s Heart, presented the Hanoi Writers’ Association a book, “War and the Soul”, which he used to teach at some American universities on the Vietnam War.
As Edward said, poetry was an effective way for a common ground of love and peace.
During their stay in Vietnam, Soldier’ Heart’s delegation will have some meetings with the delegation from the Vietnam Veterans’ Association.
Source: TT&VH Translated by Mai Huong