Night Sky with Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong

Staff Pick

Born in 1988, Vuong can’t remember the 1972 fall of Saigon, but he writes of it as if the experience were still raw. His poems are stunning in their fusion of pain and beauty, often in one image. Both the story of a gay man’s search for love and a son’s account of PTSD passed from one generation to the next, the book is haunted by victims of war, drugs, and hate crimes; Vuong’s depiction of Jackie Kennedy’s experience at the moment of the assassination is a tour de force, as is his recreation of his parents as young lovers seen by “a single candle./Their shadows two wicks.”

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ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016