Dennis Haskell, Winthrop Professor of English and Cultural Studies at University of Western Australia, called the poem "the most highly regarded poem about Vietnam written by any Australian". Peter Pierce, the editor of The Cambridge History of Australian Literature described it as "one of the finest threnodies in the war literature of Vietnam".
- Haskell, Dennis (2002). Attuned to Alien Moonlight: The Poetry of Bruce Dawe. University of Queensland Press. ISBN 978-0-7022-3238-1.
- Doyle, Jeff; Grey, Jeffrey; Pierce, Peter (2002). Australia's Vietnam War. Texas A & M University Press.