Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Night Sky with Exit Wounds Author Ocean Vuong
ISBN-10 155659495X
ISBN-13 9781556594953
Year 2016-04-05
Pages 70
Language English
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
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WINNER 2016 Whiting AwardWINNER 2017 Publishing Triangle s Thom Gunn AwardFINALIST 2017Kate Tufts Discovery AwardFINALIST 2017 Lambda Literary AwardThe New York TimesTop 10 Books of 2016Library Journal2016 Best Books of the YearIn his haunting and fearless debut Ocean Vuong walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences creating an interrogation of the American body as a borderless space of both failure and triumph At once vulnerable and redemptive dreamlike and visceral compassionate and unforgiving these poems seek a myriad existence without forgetting the prerequisite of self preservation in a world bent on extinguishing its othered voices Vuong s poems show through breath cadence and unrepentant enthrallment that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the most necessary of hungers Praise for Ocean Vuong Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition His lines are both long and short his pose narrative and lyric his diction formal and insouciant From the outside Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion The New Yorker A masterpiece that captures with elegance the raw sorrows and joys of humanexistence Buzzfeed Books An important new voice in American poetry Beloit Poetry Journal What a treasure Ocean Vuong is to us What a perfume he s crushed and rendered of his heart and soul What a gift this book is Li Young Lee Vuong takes from Pound the ability to eternalize a moment POETRY Even as Vuong leads you through every pleasure a body deserves and all the ensuing grief these poems restore you with hope that godforsaken thing alive singing along to the radio suddenly sufficient Traci Brimhall What this poet sees on the street in a blizzard or even while studying an apple reminds me of those dreams we have in common dreams in which we are falling but never touch the ground dreams in which we are naked in the presence of men suited for our ruin Jericho Brown

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