Winner of the 2006 Lannan Foundation Award for Poetry As an elegist of the lives of those who have been changed by hardship and suffering, and especially by war, Bruce Weigl has become one of the most admired American poets of his generation. In this collection, he returns not only to Vietnam but to the Lorain, Ohio, of his youth. In his continued quest for emotional and spiritual enlightenment, Weigl writes about the connections between his childhood in a working-class world and the powerful effects of the American war in Vietnam on all of us.
Bruce Weigl (born January 27, 1949, Lorain, Ohio) is an American contemporary poet who teaches at Lorain County Community College. Weigl enlisted in the United States Army shortly after his 18th birthday and spent three years in the service. He served in the Vietnam War from December 1967 to December 1968 and received the Bronze Star .