This is a groundbreaking book about the Vietnam War that shows deep compassion for people rather than simply displaying brutality like so many other books on the subject of war, particularly this war. Witness these lines from "Song in the Green Light": "A young girl sings in the green light,/songs of leaves on the river, evening rain./She strains to keep time with the boy/who fights the feedback of his bass./Her voice, so clear, holds the strength/of her song high out over the audience." A mystic collection of poetry from a witness, this book serves as a poetic history of the Vietnam war from a new perspective. Each poem in this collection moves quietly into the next one, grabbing the reader's heart. Highly recommended.-Lenard D. Moore, "Shawensis," Shaw Univ., Raleigh, N.C.