The Canadian military didn’t participate in the US war effort in Vietnam, but Canadians were involved in the conflict in many ways, whether watching reports on television, marching in protests, counselling draft dodgers, sending humanitarian aid to Vietnam, or manufacturing materiel for the US military.
Canadian writers often addressed the war in their work, but many of these texts haven’t been republished since the conflict ended. This online anthology of poems, short fiction, and essays in English from 1964-75 is intended to bring such writings back into the public eye so they can be considered as evidence of how Canadian literature approached the conflict.
The texts appear with idiosyncratic spellings, punctuation, and formatting preserved. Some of the texts centrally consider Vietnam; in others, references to the war are indications of how the conflict influenced the writers’ perspectives on other issues. The texts featured here by no means constitute the complete corpus of wartime Canadian literature about the conflict in Vietnam, but they offer a range of voices from across the war years.
Click here to read an introductory essay about the Vietnam War and Canadian literature.