All The Stuff

You can have that for fifteen cents
an old Dennis the Menace doll
And that for fifty cents
a chemistry set
And thirty cents
the board game Clue
Just take these
the baseball cards
And a nickel each for all of
these Classics Illustrated comics


At the end of the block
her husband stops each car
buying all the stuff back
Our boy was just eighteen you know
(mumble) Dong Tam (mumble)
very brave (mumble)


That evening he’ll replace all of it
The next morning she’ll put it
back out on the tables and
stick the sign back in the ground

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Bill McCloud

Bill McCloud, a three-time Teacher of the Year, has been teaching American history since 1974. His new book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, published by the Balkan Press, consists of 107 poems that take the reader, chronologically, through his year in Vietnam. David Willson, poetry editor of the VVA Veteran says the poems rank “right at the top of the heap” of Vietnam War poetry. Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the current poet laureate of Oklahoma, calls the book “necessary reading.”

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