In his haunting and fearless debut, Ocean Vuong walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences, creating an interrogation of the American body as a borderless space of both failure and triumph. At once vulnerable and redemptive, dreamlike and visceral, compassionate and unforgiving, these poems seek a myriad existence without forgetting the prerequisite of self-preservation in a world bent on extinguishing its othered voices. Vuong's poems show, through breath, cadence, and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the most necessary of hungers.
Publisher : Copper Canyon Press; Later Printing edition (April 5, 2016)
Language : English
Paperback : 70 pages
ISBN-10 : 155659495X
ISBN-13 : 978-1556594953
Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.44 x 7.5 inches