Neither Rhyme Nor Reason Poetry Book Club: "Night Sky with Exit Wounds" by Ocean Vuong
Neither Rhyme Nor Reason Poetry Book Club: Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Every Third Monday at 7pm
All are welcome for our poetry discussions, centering on a different collection of poetry each month. This month we are reading Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong.
In 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.
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). His poems appear in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.
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