Viet Nam and California
96 pages, perfect bound, paper, 1998, $12.00; ISBN: 1-885215-13-4.
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"Renny Christopher's poems about life as a California workingman's daughter, life as a Vietnam veteran's wife, and simply about life, are fierce, hard-hitting, and moving. I enjoyed them very much."
"Renny Christopher offers eloquent testimony to the truth that you didn't have to go to Viet Nam to get burned by the Viet Nam war. Viet Nam & California is the war at home; a war encompassing family, friends, and lovers, race, class and politics; a war that never ends; the struggle to make sense of the public and private hurts that wound a caring heart."
"Renny Christopher has given poetic voice to those of us--women--who fought the Viet Nam war from the distance of home. Her poems are filled with the pain of empathy. Reading Viet Nam & California can help guide us as we struggle to come home from wars."
----Maxine Hong Kingston
Christopher's poems are strong and straightforward. They tell the story of a woman's coming of age in the period during and after the Viet Nam war, and of her relationships with a few Viet Nam veterans. These unflinching portraits are grounded in Christopher's solid sense of herself as a woman with working-class roots.