D.F. Brown was born in 1948 in Springfield, Missouri. He served in the US Army from 1968-77, including service in Vietnam as a medic. His first book of poetry, Returning Fire, was published in 1984.

The bulk of his poetry reflects the difficulties of reconciling radical experiences of combat with once accepted notions of normal civilian life.*


*Thomas Christopher D’Arcy, ‘War Trauma, Recovery Narration and the Need for Resistance: The Case of D.F. Brown’s Vietnam War Poetry’, Arts of War and Peace Review, Vol.1 No.1, March 2013

D.F. Brown’s Poetry

Resources for D.F. Brown

D.F. Brown’s pages on the 1/14th Infantry website, includes some poems and many photographs

Reading at the US Air Force Academy, February 1998 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgBfut99-9g

‘War Trauma, Recovery Narration and the Need for Resistance: The Case of D.F. Brown’s Vietnam War Poetry’, Thomas Christopher D’Arcy, Arts of War and Peace Review, Vol. 1 No. 1, 2013 http://www.awpreview.univ-paris-diderot.fr/IMG/pdf/1.1_6_d_arcyd.f.brown2avr13.pdf