Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

John Borling: A POW’s Poetry from the Hanoi Hilton

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.


During the Vietnam War, then-Capt. John Borling survived six years and eight months of soul-crushing imprisonment in the Hanoi Hilton by writing poetry—without pencil or paper. Instead, Borling shared his creations with fellow captives by their only means of communication—the forbidden POW tap code. Rapping on cell walls with his knuckles, he tapped poems of pain and despair, but also of humor, encouragement, and hope. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Borling’s book, Taps on the Walls—published in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his release—contains all the poems Borling created during his confinement: remarkable stories of endurance, life lessons, and personal triumph. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.
Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

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  1. PCMendoza
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Is POWs Poetry from Hanoi Hilton at 6 or 7:30pm? Program says 7:30 and ticket order says 6. Looking forward to this presentation.

      Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      Hello, and thanks for posting. The start time did change; it’s now 7:30 pm. I’ll have our ticket site changed today — thanks for pointing it out, and glad you can come!

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