Protest Poetry from the US

There were poets throughout the world who opposed the first and second Vietnam Wars. The selections that follow are from poets of the United States and are all written during the second Vietnam War. Some of the poems don’t follow the usual convention of protest poetry. They aren’t trying to shock the reader into a new position or encourage overt action. Some are simply appealing to the heart, report on the real, and asking the reader to consider a “better” way to deal with conflict.