Suppose you do change your life. & the body is more than
a portion of night—sealed
with bruises. Suppose you woke & found your shadow replaced
by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful & gone. So you take the knife to the wall
instead. You carve & carve
until a coin of light appears & you get to look in, at last,
on happiness. The eye
staring back from the other side—
waiting. — Torso of Air
I’m a mood reader so I rarely set a TBR for the month. But, here are some - not all - of the LGBTQ novels on my unread shelf for my #PrideMonthReads . This month’s priorities are Guapa, When Katie Met Cassidy, No Ashes in the Fire, and finishing Edinburgh and Nepantla: An Anthology. I’m also rereading Under the Udala Trees for our readalong (not pictured here). Have you read any of these titles? Where would you start? 🏳️🌈 ps don’t forget to enter my giveaway before midnight tomorrow!
These are some of my practice sheets at Yukimi Annand workshop. I’ve used Tim’s folding pen.
I loved the journey from the monoline pencil sketch to the different style variations.
The meaning of the text was always the reason of any decision about form, rhythm, movement or color.
Yukimi, I can’t wait to learn with you again, thank you for your generosity!
Dusk: a blade of honey between our shadows, draining.
— Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
(Or when your phone takes a photo of your home without you noticing one evening, and turns it chiaroscuro.)
Suppose you do... another something beautiful by @oceanvuong, who’s reading tomorrow night in Seattle! So excited to hear his voice. Thank you @copper_canyon_press for all the beauty you help usher into our world. #oceanvuong#poetry#letterpress#typography#torsoofair
“The most beautiful part of your body is wherever your mother’s shadow falls.” - Ocean Vuong
Today’s #100daysofheirloomanthology is dedicated to the mother I most hope to emulate: mine. No one carries themselves with more grace, generosity, and joy than her. Inspired by the two of us in 1982.
I don't read much poetry but a little while ago I devoured NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong in a single day. Since then, this collection honestly hasn't stopped being on my mind.
Ocean was born in Vietnam in 1988 and at age two he and his family moved to the US. They'd spent a year in a refugee camp beforehand. He was the first member of his family to learn how to read proficiently, but he talks about how he isn't the first poet: his family has a long history of storytelling through songs and poetry, but as an oral tradition.
This is his first collection. It's raw and devastating and beautiful in turn, exploring love, death, race, displacement, family, classical literature, sexual orientation, and the legacy of war. More than one poem is an absolute gut punch. Ocean's use of language is breathtaking, and I'll definitely be revisiting this book again and again.
An announcement from @aprildawnranger at last night’s show about who we have booked for October (and why it’s already almost ½ sold out) and a big thank you to @poetswritersinc for their continued support of our series! See you in the fall! #sharonolds#oceanvuong
Book: Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Voung
Summary: a book with poems that talk about subjects of family, grief war and relationships. •
So I first read this book a few months back and was instantly enamoured by the story behind the poems. Of course, as it is poetry, it is often hard to grasp the situation and what is happening and even until the end, with this book, I found myself a little unsure of the actual happenings in the book. However, I think that was the best moment whilst reading this book, because when I closed the book, my mind was still thinking about what this or that could mean.
Vuong’s writing, also, captured me. This was because of the way he showed passion through his poems that just kept me wanting to read more— and also understand more. •
this book was a fairly quick read and I really hope to re-read this book. It was also one of the first book of poems I read in a while so I was really excited to read it, and I was not disappointed. I’d say this book is suited for people who like thinking and trying to find a meaning, trying to make sense of words laid out meaningfully on a page but I’d still totally recommend this to anyone. •——— rating: 4/5 •
QUESTION: have you read this book? If not do you want to?
Picture: #Hanoi , #Vietnam , Feb'16
Kissing in #Vietnamese
(thơ Việt ở dưới)
My grandmother kisses
as if bombs are bursting in the backyard,
where mint and jasmine lace their perfumes
through the kitchen window,
as if somewhere, a body is falling apart
and flames are making their way back
through the intricacies of a young boy’s thigh,
as if to walk out the door, your torso
would dance from exit wounds.
When my grandmother kisses, there would be
no flashy smooching, no western music
of pursed lips, she kisses as if to breathe
you inside her, nose pressed to cheek
so that your scent is relearned
and your sweat pearls into drops of gold
inside her lungs, as if while she holds you
death also, is clutching your wrist.
My grandmother kisses as if history
never ended, as if somewhere
a body is still
falling apart. - @oceanvuong , Vương Quốc Vinh --- Hôn kiểu người Việt
Bà tôi hôn
như thể bom đang nổ ở sân sau nhà,
nơi bạc hà và hoa nhài phẩy hương
qua cửa sổ bếp,
như thể ở đâu đó, một cơ thể đang rã rời
và những ngọn lửa đang tìm đường trở lại
qua những mạch máu của đùi một chàng trai trẻ,
như thể để bước ra khỏi cửa, thân mình bạn
sẽ nhảy cùng những vết thương xuyên.
Khi bà tôi hôn, sẽ không
có âu yếm cầu kỳ, không âm nhạc Tây phương
của đôi môi mím chặt, bà hôn như thể để hít lấy
bạn vào bên trong bà, mũi ép vào má
để mùi của bạn đọng lại thành những giọt mật vàng
trong phổi, như thể trong khi bà ôm bạn
cái chết cũng đang nắm chặt cổ tay.
Bà tôi hôn như thể lịch sử
chưa bao giờ chấm dứt, như thể ở đâu đó
một cơ thể vẫn đang
Ocean Vuong (1988–) là tác giả của tập thơ Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Anh được trao giải #Whiting cho thơ năm 2016, giải #FelixDennis cho tập thơ đầu xuất sắc nhất năm 2017, và giải T. S. Eliot năm 2018. Anh dạy tại Đại học #Massachusetts , #Amherst .