Night Sky with Exit Wounds

by Ocean Vuong

Paperback, 2016





Copper Canyon Press (2016), Edition: First Edition, 70 pages


A haunting debut that is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty.

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LibraryThing member poetontheone
The title is very much apt, since this collection is a visceral topography of the author's personal and family history, invoking both his Vietnamese heritage and his sexuality through images and language that are bloody, frightening, tender, and even playful. Vuong has a great command of tone and line, and his voice is more evidence that we are living in an exciting time for contemporary poetics.… (more)
LibraryThing member ShawIslandLibrary
A fascinating new voice. The language flirts with all sorts of sensibilities: hints of the author's Vietnamese heritage, gentle explorations of sexuality, an almost-magical-realism at times. (Brian)
LibraryThing member over.the.edge
Night Sky With Exit WoundsπŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’
By Ocean Vuong
Cooper Canyon Press

This volume of poetry centers on the emotions and emotional states that make us all, family, loneliness, grief, sadness. This is a new author for me, but I really enjoyed the heart and soul of its poems. Very personal, but also easy to relate to on a personal level. He captures the feelings so perfectly. I will be looking for more from this clever and spirited poet.… (more)
LibraryThing member ElleGato
I honestly don't know what to say beyond this is the best collection of poetry I've read this year. I don't know how to adequately portray how good this book is. Vuong's use of language, violence, love, grief, anger, and memory is so exacting, so powerful...if you love poetry, read this. Now.
LibraryThing member b.masonjudy
I did not expect such a range of volume in this collection. Vuong oscillates between poems that are quiet, contemplative, and explosive. The entire work is undergirded with an intense gaze of cultural and personal history.
LibraryThing member jphamilton
I find myself reading Ocean Vuong's work backwards in time. I felt I had to read On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, after all the richly-deserved and glorious reviews, and now I spin back to this previously published collection of poetry. After reading the much more accessible poetry of James Tate and Ron Padgett, washing up on the shores of Ocean Vuong's poetry, meant that I had to engage my mind more, as his poetry is more cerebral in nature. Maybe I'm just in a lazy state of mind, but his poetry didn't impress me half as much as his stunning fiction.… (more)


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