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 		 [ The Kansas poet H. C. Palmer, a battalion surgeon in the
American War in Vietnam, addresses the effects of trauma on our war
veterans. ] [https://portside.org/] 

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 FINDING WORK AFTER WAR  
[https://portside.org/2018-04-06/finding-work-after-war] 

 

 H.C. Palmer 
 January 25, 2018
Verse Daily [http://www.versedaily.org/2018/findingworkafterwar.shtml]


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 _ The Kansas poet H. C. Palmer, a battalion surgeon in the American
War in Vietnam, addresses the effects of trauma on our war veterans. _


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Finding Work After War

By H. C. Palmer 

Our sons join the army to get work being shot at.

—Jim Harrison  

 

For a long time there were simultaneous 

wars, so work was good.  Now the wars 

are winding down and our poor 

are unemployed.  They phone

government hotlines then get disconnected.

I know a stonemason disabled from battling

his chisel.  He says there will always be his kind

of work—thousands of gravestones 

stockpiled in the quarries of Vermont.  

He says he’s willing to teach,

but worries some might inscribe 

their own names.

_H. C. Palmer, a retired Internist, served as a Battalion Surgeon with
the First_

_Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1965-66. His work has appeared in New
Letters,_

_Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, War Literature and the Arts, Narrative
Magazine,_

_The New Mexico Poetry Review, I-70 Review, Flint Hills Review,
Gray’s_

_Sporting Journal and other journals and anthologies. His first book
of poems is _

_Feet of the Messenger (BkMk Press, 2017). He works with a veterans
writing program in_

_partnership with the Kansas City Public Libraries, The Writers Place
and the_

_Moral Injury Association of America. See
https://www.feet-of-the-messenger.com/
[https://www.feet-of-the-messenger.com/]_

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