Other literary forms
Apart from his volumes of poetry, John Balaban (BAHL-uh-bahn) published a novel, Coming Down Again (1985, 1989); a juvenile fable, The Hawk’s Tale(1988); and several nonfiction books about his Vietnam experience, which include Vietnam: The Land We Never Knew (1989) and a memoir, Remembering Heaven’s Face: A Moral Witness in Vietnam (1991). With coeditor Nguyen Qui Duc, Balaban edited a collection of seventeen short stories, Vietnam: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (1996). He wrote a screenplay titled Children of an Evil Hour, produced in 1969. Balaban has translated Vietnamese poetry into English; some of these translations are in his Ca Dao Vietnam: A Bilingual Anthology of Vietnamese Folk Poetry (1974).