Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong


I have read an Ocean Vuong poem or two prior to this, and have read about Ocean Vuong himself in The New Yorker. He was born in Saigon, lives in NYC, and is 31 years old, having written this, his first full-length collection of poems, in 2016.

I’m pleased to report that I had to wait in line to get this book at the library, and the line continues behind me. A book of poetry that cannot be renewed–imagine that!

I will come back to read these poems again before my three weeks is up, but for now my favorite one-page poem is “Anaphora as Coping Mechanism.”

Ocean Vuong

In the Notes at the end of the book, there is this: “Anaphora as a Coping Mechanism” is for L.D.P.

I am still in line at the library for Vuong’s first novel, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous. I’m looking forward to reading it.

10 comments on “Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong”

  1. The poem is very powerful. Unfortunately, my library does not have Night Sky with Exit Wounds, but I just requested Vuong’s novel (several are ahead of me).Thanks for introducing me to this talented young author.

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    1. Barbara and JNaz, it’s good to have your company while waiting in this line to read On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous.
      I’m happy to have shared this poem with all three of you–glad that Borkali is chewing on it, still.

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    1. Ooh, another layer? Gasoline and fire explode onto the page/explode the page–that tongue the poet’s tongue.


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