Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War


By Tamra J. Higgins

Over the course of two years, Tamra J. Higgins interviewed her father, Wayne L. Case, Marine Corps, Private First Class, about his experiences on the front lines in the Korean War. The results of those conversations are poems found in the first half of Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War, poems that show how soldiers cope with war’s absurdity and how luck plays a vital role in their survival. But the soldier’s life is only part of the story of war that Higgins wanted to understand. In the second section of the book, she explores the impact of war on civilians, in particular on a Korean woman caught in the throes of the destruction around her, and the suffering, loss, and displacement that she and millions of Koreans experienced in the early 1950s while their country was under siege. Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War shows the resiliency of survivors despite war’s effects, still raging in their lives after Armistice is called.

Ten percent of this book’s net profit sales will be donated to Vermont PEACE Center.



About the Author

In the summer of 2013, Tamra earned an MFA from the Stonecoast MFA program and turned her attention to poetry full time. After teaching in Vermont’s public schools for 19 years, she has embarked on an exciting new beginning that involves three loves: poetry, organizing events, and teaching by creating Sundog Poetry Center. In order to offer a wide range of high-quality offerings, Tamra restructured the business into a nonprofit organization in March, 2014.

Tamra’s work has appeared in Vermont MagazineAvocet, The Aurorean, The Mountain Troubadour, Stonecoast Lines, PassagerHaiku Society of America Member Anthology, 2013, Prairie Schooner, and bottle rockets. Additionally, she has read her work at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont, Dingle Bookshop, Dingle Ireland, and The Stone House, University of Southern Maine.


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