Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Book - 2016
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A haunting debut that is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty.
"Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"--And very human--subjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. None of these he allows to overwhelm his spirit or his poems, which demonstrate, through breath and cadence and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the fiercest hungers."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781556594953
Characteristics: viii, 89 pages ; 19 cm


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Oct 29, 2019

Vuong's apologia for Jeffrey Dahmer "Into the Breach" on page 37 made me realize that this unending exercise in alienation did not evoke understanding but something akin to outrage and I quit reading.

JCLChrisK Oct 18, 2019

Starkly emotional with evocative imagery and exquisite language. I wish this wasn't overdue to the library so I could savor it more.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 06, 2019

So I don't read a lot of poetry and am not entirely sure I know enough about the craft to offer a critique. However. I loved this and can understand why Vuong is getting so much attention right now. I may not have loved (or even understood) ALL of the poems, but the ones I did love, I REALLY loved (Aubade with Burning City to name one). AND my love of this may not be as vast as my love of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, but I absolutely cannot wait to read more poetry (and prose of course) by this writer.

JCLMattC Jun 19, 2019

I devoured this award-winning collection of poems much faster than I meant to. Call it literary gluttony.

Aug 17, 2016

By far, the most powerful collection of poetry I have read this year. Powerful, erudite, a journey of epic proportions, told from the lens of the Vietnamese-American immigration experience interwoven with literary and American cultural references. A must-read for anyone interested in great modern poetry. Ocean Vuong deserves all the accolades he has received.


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