PLAN B PRESS Issue
In 2003 Plan B Press reprinted Steptoe’s 1995 book dealing with
his two tours of Vietnam called Uncle’s South China Sea
Blue Nightmare. Here are two excerpts from the title poem.
from UNCLE'S SOUTH CHINA SEA BLUE NIGHTMARE
the color of banana leaves
filled with prayers
damp monopoly money
running like madras shirts
big as foxholes
stuffed with images
of family and lovers
big enough to carry states
yet still leave room
room enough for skies
rockets red glare
the children of Americans
realize what their parents
but it’s too late
Lamont Steptoe is he
author of eight books of poems, including In the Kitchens of the
Master, and Mad Minute. Born and raised in Pittsburgh,
Steptoe is a father, Vietnam veteran, and founder of Whirlwind Press.
In 2005, he was awarded an American Book Award from the Before Columbus
Foundation for A Long Movie of Shadows.
in Volume 11, Number 3, Summer 2010.