Eric Torgersen Poems
- The Story Of White Man Leading...
- New Leaves In the kitchen window the coleus I cut down to ...
- Re: That That was no language that was your life. That was a...
- Open Stage Poetry Reading After the one that sings, and after...
- My Blindness Once I woke up in the dark and thought I was ...
- Back Keep the tale, it's free, just bring the book back. Eat...
- Oh we find it and photograph it bury it out of sight and...
Eric Torgersen has published poetry, fiction, essays and a full-length study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry, especially that of Rainer Maria Rilke and Nicolas Born. He was born in Huntington, New York. He has a BA in German Literature from Cornell University; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He retired in the spring of 2008 after 38 years of teaching writing at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. His next book of poems, Heart. Wood., will be published in 2012 by Word Press. more »
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The Story Of White Man Leading Viet Cong Patrol
The Story of White Man Leading Viet Cong Patrol
-AP Dispatch, Des Moines Register, August 4, 1968
The slain enemy resembled
an American Marine
who was 18 years old
when he disappeared.
The violent episode
was one of the strangest
in this strange war.
For a moment
the two young men--
the American Marine
and the white man
in the uniform of the enemy--
stared at each other.
"He had an AK 47
but he just looked at me."
after a moment's hesitation.
Several of the ...