Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong


Using my ‘Asian American Author’ square for Summer Bingo — thanks to Teri for bringing this book to my attention.

Open Arts Spring 2023

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…

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

  1. You will love On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous. There is an interview with Ocean Vuong at OnBeing that was well worth the time. I just listened to a short episode of Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó Tuama (also at the OnBeing site) reading Vuong’s poem “Seventh Circle of Earth” which is very moving: Ocean Vuong is an amazing writer and a lovely human being!

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