Balaban, John. “John Balaban.” http://www.john balaban.com. The official Web site of Balaban contains information on his books and poetry as well as links to interviews with him and articles about him.
Beidler, Philip D. Late Thoughts on an Old War: The Legacy of Vietnam. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2004. In his memoir on the Vietnam War, Beidler, an Army calvary platoon leader during the war, describes how his life paralleled that of Balaban in the chapter “Wanting to Be John Balaban.”
_______. Re-writing America: Vietnam Authors in Their Generation. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991. Beidler discusses After Our War, which he says shows Balaban’s sense of the crucial role of the Vietnam poet in remaking Americans’ collective cultural experience of this conflict.
Erhart, W. D. “Soldier-Poets of the Vietnam War.” In America Rediscovered: Critical Essays on Literature and Film of the Vietnam War, edited by Owen W. Gilman, Jr., and Lorrie Smith. New York: Garland, 1990. The work describes the great effort to absorb the Vietnamese culture made by Balaban, who learned the language and even suffered wounds.
Hillstrom, Laurie Collier. The Vietnam Experience: A Concise Encyclopedia of American Literature, Songs, and Films. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998. Contains a chapter on After Our War, which discusses the work and Balaban.
Kriesel, Michael. Review of Path, Crooked Path. Library Journal 131, no. 3 (February 15, 2006): 119-121. Kriesel notes how Balaban takes readers on a road trip, peopling his poetry with poets and figures ordinary and historical in various locales.
Rignalda, Don. Fighting and Writing the Vietnam War. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994. In the chapter on Vietnam War poetry, Rignalda calls Balaban the “most insistent” of the war poets on “translating the war—on both a figuratively literal and literally figurative level.”
Seaman, Donna. Review of Path, Crooked Path. Booklist, 102, no. 17 (May 1, 2006): 65. Seaman calls Balaban a “roaming bard” who considers all of humanity and its storms. She notes Balaban’s communication of his love of others in his writings although he recognizes their frequent reliance on violence.
Smith, Lorrie. “Resistance and Revision by Vietnam War Veterans.” In Fourteen Landing Zones: Approaches to Vietnam War Literature, edited by Philip K. Jason. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991. Smith argues that Balaban implicates the reader in the decision to fight in Vietnam by calling it “our” war in the title of After Our War.