Scholars and politicians, journalists and generals may argue, write and re-write ‘the facts.’  But when a poem is written, it becomes a singular entity with an inextinguishable and unalterable life of its own.  It is a true reflection of the feelings and perceptions it records, and as such, it is as valuable a document as any history ever written.  And the American experience in Indochina, whatever else it may have been responsible for, produced an outpouring of poetry unparalleled in American literature.

W.D. Ehrhart, Foreword, Carrying the Darkness: the Poetry of the Vietnam War,
used by kind permission of the author.