Homecoming (poem)

1968 poem by Bruce Dawe

"Homecoming" is a poem by Bruce Dawe. The theme is anti-war. Dawe wrote the poem during the Vietnam War and explained what terror it was.

Dennis Haskell, Winthrop Professor of English and Cultural Studies at University of Western Australia,[1] called the poem "the most highly regarded poem about Vietnam written by any Australian".[2] 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".[3]



  • 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.