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For Veterans Day: Poetry Written By Veterans


With Veterans Day around the corner, we’re exploring poems written from the unique perspectives of veterans themselves. Check out this list of poetry from The Poetry Foundation by and for veterans.

“Veteran’s Hospital” by Ben Belitt

“Veterans of the Seventies” by Marvin Bell

“Visits to St. Elizabeths” by Elizabeth Bishop

“The City’s Oldest Known Survivor of the Great War” by James Doyle

“Debridement” by Michael S. Harper

“Eight Air Force” by Randall Jarrell

“Armistice” by Sophie Jewett

“At a VA Hospital in the Middle of the United States of America: An Act in a Play” by Etheridge Knight

“The Traitor” by Sabrina Orah Mark

“Dreamers” by Siegfried Sassoon

“Troop Train” by Karl Shapiro

“Pacemaker” by W. D. Snodgrass

“Song of Napalm” by Bruce Weigl


Read these poems by veterans here.


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