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Michael F. Lepore is a poet who speaks for the veterans of the Vietnam War, as well as for their families and others, Americans and Vietnamese, whose lives were altered by that conflict. History is human beings, and the human cost of this war becomes clear as one reads the vignettes presented in the poems here.
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Lepore served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps attached to Headquarters, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from 1968 1970. Presently he is treasurer of the local Veterans Service Commission, and paymaster of the Peter P. Monaco, Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League where, through his poetry, he helps to raise funds for the Marines Helping Marines, Wounded Marine Program, for the combat troops returning from the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts. Dr. Lepore is the author of Forgotten Heroes, Poems for and about Veterans of the Vietnam War.Review:
We are left stunned by the harrowing truths revealed in Vietnam Voices. Authentic, honest, exquisitely spare, the 28 poems in this collection lead us to a more nuanced understanding of the irreparable harm done to the minds and souls of those who saw combat in the controversial Vietnam War, damage that could not be easily cast off and that has left its mark on our society and thus on each of us...the profoundly affecting stories draw us in and ultimately make us more aware of our own humanity. This is an important book. --Alexandrina Sergio
In a series of gripping vignettes, Lepore skillfully employs verse to convey the harsh realities of the Vietnam War as felt by those who fought it. There is no glory here only stark honesty. --James H. Hallas
This is brave and necessary work, as resonant with the issues that face our fighting men and women today as fifty years ago. --Christine Beck
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Book Description Grayson Books, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0991386132