Unexploded Ordnance

There are 350,000 tons
of live bombs and mines
still remaining in Vietnam

they are waiting
biding their time

More than 100,000
Vietnamese have been killed
or injured since America left

18,000,000 gallons of
defoliants were sprayed in
20,000 missions in-country

Because of my exposure to
Agent Orange Uncle Sam
pays me $700 a month

and I’m waiting
biding my time

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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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