Craig Erick Chaffin
Craig Erick Chaffin Poems
- At The Vietnam Memorial At the Vietnam War Memorial Black...
- Outing Not all were old. A young man in a motorized ...
- In Your Hands In Your Hands The desert two-lane flashes ...
- Last Poem Of My 45th Year Last Poem of my 45th Year I
- A Time To Weep A Time to Weep I suppose you could call me ...
- Pawn Pawn My head is beaten like a sunflower, bowed and ...
- On The Anthropic Principle On the Anthropic Principle ...
Craig Erick Chaffin was born in Ventura, CA, in 1954, a second-generation California native. Excluding high school, where he spent his senior year in Germany as an AFS Scholar, his first award came at 17, placing in the Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest. At Goldenwest College he co-founded the literary journal, Carrion, for which he later assumed editorial duties for poetry. Matriculating to UCLA,... more »
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At The Vietnam Memorial
At the Vietnam War Memorial
Black granite stretches its harsh, tapering wings
up to pedestrian-level grass
but sucks me down, here, at the intersection of names.
I forgive, I must, though I wish something
could heal this wound in the earth.
Behold, all theorists, the price of theory:
extreme unction by napalm and blood,
vets shipped home whole or in pieces:
The VA grants prostheses
but not minds free of horror.
In jungles tumescent, through villages
of straw, by the Mekong where catfish
sleep in mud-heaven, we tramped, ...