- File Size: 9832 KB
- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: WordWorthyPress, LLC (May 29, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 29, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B089FLH9R8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fragments: The long coming home from Vietnam Kindle Edition
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"Fragments is a compilation of some of the most powerful poems you will ever read. Bruce is a gifted philosopher, thinker, writer and researcher, but Fragments takes all his talents to another level. These heartbreaking and poignant poems tell the story of what it was like to be a soldier in Vietnam. They need to be read." --William C. Heyman, CEO, Heyman Associates in New York. Longtime friend, colleague and Yankees fan. "This is an important book. In a collection of poems he calls 'fragments, ' Bruce K. Berger gives us an incisively moving--often heartbreaking--record of the Vietnam war, which left permanent scars on the minds and bodies of those who served and suffered there, then endured what Berger calls 'the long coming home.' The poems are vivid, unsentimental, sharply evocative of the places and the people--combatants and noncombatants on both sides, victims of the war's horrors both in country and back home. This is an important book. You need to read it. Insistent, unforgettable, its poems will frag your heart." --Arnold Johnston, author of Where We're Going, Where We've Been and The Witching Voice: A Novel from the Life of Robert Burns.
"This is war as never seen before; raw feelings of senseless loss as never recorded before; a glimpse into the heart of a compassionate soldier, amidst the brutality of Vietnam, as never expressed before. Emotion jumps from its pages and sticks. A mosaic of war's stark realities, then and now, stays with you long after the words sink in. You may put the book down, but you cannot escape its message. Regardless of who you are, this book will move you. For the veteran, expect a return to the killing fields in snatches of memories and rumblings of long-suppressed fear, anger, guilt and loss. For families of those lost during the war comes an understanding your grief does not go unnoticed and your eternal emptiness is understood and respected. And, for the uninitiated, who think of war in terms of a brief sound bite on the evening news--this is a hard life lesson: A single gunshot in a nameless piece of jungle can claim a life in a second and change countless other lives, half-way around the world, forever. Lastly, this is a courageous, deeply personal, discussion of inner battles many of us face. To many veterans, living with the war for decades after returning is so hard and so easily misunderstood. This book takes a giant step towards that understanding and awareness. All veterans will be better because of it." --Rick St. John, author of the acclaimed Circle of Helmets and Tiger Bravo's War, and a retired U.S. Army Colonel who led a company of 101st Airborne Division paratroopers in heavy fighting in Vietnam. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Berger’s verses truly weave amazing profiles in courage and fear, a medley of hope and senselessness, and the discordance between gentleness and brutality. The narratives of arriving to war in a jungle a world away to coming home to live the war from within are both shattering and stirring. The vocabulary stings and lifts.
As I read the book (sometimes only a few pages a night because of the heavy heartache they left me with) I remembered my Gunnery Sergeant at Field Med School Camp Pendleton teaching me how to clean an M-16, how to keep my feet dry in my combat boots and how to apply tourniquets while hugging the earth while under attack. This book reminds me to be thankful that, through the Grace of God, I never had to do so.
Reading Bruce’s tome reminds us that remembering hurts. It also proves that reflections can heal.
Adding further to the elegance of this book are the illustrations shared by the Providence Art Club in Rhode Island under the keen eye of Nickerson Miles. The art – to its credit – both disturbs and comforts, a great companion to Berger’s narrative.
Fragments is an amazing read and I strongly recommend it to friends, colleagues, and family.
Berger is a true poet patriot.
P.S. All profits from the sale of Fragments are donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America.