Vietnam in Verse: Poetry for Beer Drinkers
Author: Michael Mullins
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 70 pages
I am Michael D. Mullins. I have written a book of poetry, telling my story when I was a grunt in Vietnam. I served there from March 1968 until March 1969. My unit was Delta Company, 3rd Battalion of the 7th Infantry in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Our motto was "Light, swift and accurate." It could have easily been "light, sweaty and persistent." We were mobile and proved it every day.
The stories I tell are about friends, vets I have met in various situations and my own experiences in the rice paddies of Southeast Asia. I continue to seek stories that inspire, concern, and delight me. They make me thoughtful, proud, and committed to their telling.
I have more to write and will continue to listen to the veterans I encounter on life's road. There are 8.2 million of us, so I am sure I will not get to everyone, but to those from whom I have already learned and those in my future I offer my gratitude, my respect, and my thanks.
"Vietnam in Verse" was recently awarded the Gold Medal for poetry in 2007 from the Military Writers Society of America.
MWSA 2010 Gold Medal for an Audio Book
MWSA Review of the audio book version. This audio presentation of Michael Mullins' 2007 Gold Medal Award winning book, Vietnam in Verse, is an outstanding adaptation of that earlier work. The oral presentation is done extremely well. For many, like me, hearing poetry as it is recited pulls me deeper into the story than simply reading the words. This work was no exception as it portrays the anguish and struggles of our soldiers who served in Viet Nam. It was very easy for me to visualize the stories behind the verse. I strongly recommend this audio book to anyone who has served in combat or who is simply a fan of military literature.
Reviewed by: Bob Doerr (2010)
The audio book is available from Mullins. Call 765-945-7414.