80 pages, perfect bound, paper, 1995 $12.00, White Noise #7; ISBN: 1-885215-08-8.
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Winner of the 1996 Wisconsin Poetry Award
"This is a book I am very pleased to have helped into the public domain because Dale Ritterbusch is a really good poet and his writing merits the attention of a much wider audience than he has thus far received. These are poems of great power and marvelous sensibility, haunting and beautiful, alive with outrage and decency and a sadness deeper than dreams. Lessons Learned is a blessing, and only fools turn their backs on blessings."
----W.D. Ehrhart, editor, Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War
"Ritterbusch possesses a horrific and singular voice in this large and beautiful body of poems of war and death. These are not a happy bunch of lyrics. Even those expressing love for his daughter don't dilute the horror of his vision; the contrast only emphasizes his bleak view. Many of his poems seem to be an unholy fusion of the lyric talents of Bill Shields with those of John Balaban. Ritterbusch's work is hard to read cover-to-cover at one sitting, but must be read."
----David A. Willson, author of REMF Diary, The REMF Returns, and In The Army Now