Thank you, Pamela. “A Good Day In Spookville” has been rewritten many times. The version I posted here is much less graphically violent than most of the other versions. It is hard to write about war for an audience that has never experienced it. Combat is so intense. How far is the audience willing to go before it just won’t believe? I tend to agree with Tim O’Brien’s notion that there is no such thing as a true war story, as he wrote in “How To Tell A War Story” in The Things They Carried. But still, the stories need to be told. This is the only story I have ever written about Vietnam. I wrote a whole book of poems, but that was easier. Writing about it in prose just seems very hard for me. Thanks for reading.

Honorary Schizophrenic. Recent refugee. Displaced person. Old white male. Confidant of cassowaries.

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