Horace Coleman was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1943. He served in the United States Air force from 1965-70 as an air traffic controller / intercept director – including service in Vietnam, 1967-68. He holds a BA and MFA from Bowling Green University and has taught at university level. His two collections of poetry are Between a Rock and a Hard Place and In the Grass.

Horace Coleman, better than any other Vietnam War poet, presents in his ‘OK Corral East/Brothers in the Nam’ the ironic juxtaposition of the American Frontier and the black American’s newly enraged consciousness. Using an allusive compression unusual in Vietnam War poems, Coleman portrays accurately and ominously the black/white confrontation that pervaded the ’60s, showing that this war within the war may have transcended the obvious shooting hostilities. Black/white imagery controls many of his poems. ]W.D. Ehrhart, Unaccustomed Mercy: Soldier-Poets of the Vietnam War, Texas Tech University Press, 1989]

Horace Coleman’s Poems

OK Corral East/Brothers in the Nam on the Poetry Nook website