Coming Home in Viet Nam
by Edward Tick
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 27 Aug 2022
BooksGoSocial, Tia Chucha
These poems reveal war's aftermath for Vietnamese and Americans alike and their return to peace, healing, and belonging in the very land torn by war's horrors.
"""Ed Tick has devoted his life to listening and healing, with a particular call to the plight of veterans. His many books have reclaimed what it means to be a healer in the modern world. After decades of healing journeys to Viet Nam, this major poetry collection speaks to the braid of courage and compassion that waits in each of us. Journey with this wise healer and it will heal something deep in you.""
— Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening and More Together Than Alone
""He catches bits of a changing reality in which the past of war and violence emerges as a haunting memory only to be caught up by the new glance of the healing-seeker...""
— Gianluca Cianelli
""These masterful poems of grief, love and compassion, are filled with exquisite moments of sadness and illumination. Such a deep sense of empathy and identification with the spirit of the Vietnamese people runs throughout this tender and compelling work by therapist Ed Tick.
Agony, hope and reconciliation permeate this touching collection. One feels these are not poems about Vietnam, the War, or the Vietnamese people; but rather poems of the Vietnamese people being expressed through the medium of Ed Tick’s keen mind and passionate heart. Love resides in all these poems written in homage to the basic goodness of humanity, recognizing that war veterans of all countries have more in common with each other than with their political leaders.
The deep sensitivity this master poet has for the religion and culture of the Vietnamese is well exemplified in his poem, “Minh’s House.” While walking through Tay Ninh Provence the author stops by the house of a peasant and asks the farmer about the graveyard alongside. After conversing, (Tick is fluent in the language) he offers a prayer to those buried which evokes this response:
“You light my incense,
bow and pray to spirits of those you never knew.
You are the first. You are kind.
You lift the sorrow from my heart and gift me this lucky day.
In the smoke of incense and the rising prayers you and I are also one.”""
— Joseph S."
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As a personal outlet for grief and to deal with post traumatic stress, a psychologist to Vietnam veterans, survivors and activists writes their stories in a form of poems. Heartfelt, sad, and hopeful are words to describe the feelings of war's aftermath.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the read.
This book is so much more than just a book about healing from a war – it is a journey to the heart of our connections. It is a reminder that the humanity’s healing journey is toward wholeness and connectedness.
Through the accessible imagery and storytelling, you will enter a touching world that will change their lives.
Ed Tick is a master writer and poet. But what truly brings his words to life is that his craft is infused to the bone with his own soul, passion, and love.
Thank you for the gifts you bring to the world, Ed.