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LOST IN POETRY.❤❤ "Shouldn't heaven be super heavy by now?" How perfect this line suits! This book, 'NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS' by Ocean Vuong is sheer brilliance! Another level! So I have been dipping in and out of it for a while. Finally, finished reading it. Some of the lines still resonate in me. "How sweet. That rain. How something that lives only to fall can be nothing but sweet." And yeah almost all of it is just a wow, poetic excellence personified in every bit I'd say. And I honestly wonder if someone can write this deep, with every line, a figure of speech, with spellbound fantasy. This book has got too much language, vocabulary and imagination to deal with. yet, a heart open in your hand. something beyond beautiful. Absolutely amazing choice of words n Vuong's poetry is mesmerizing n unbelievable! This is one to reread over & over again.
Brilliant, sensitive, articulate and shocking. Ocean was a Vietnamese boat baby who has become a fine writer dealing with the hard stuff of sexuality, relationships and war without being mawkish. Each poem is a perfect miniature, a snapshot of the world as refracted through his experience. And what an experience. Impressive use of the precise word to convey a world of meaning. He quotes the Chinese dissident "misty" poet Bei Dao and I wouldn't be surprised if he studied under him in the US. It doesn't contain my favourite poem of his, Kissing in Vietnamese, but it is worth looking up. If you like it, you should buy the book.
It's books like this that make me wish I understood poetry. I read this through in an evening. There's a lot about the writer's parents being from Vietnam, and then there's some stuff which I think was about 9/11, and Jackie Kennedy, and masturbation, and oral sex in a field. But I don't really have any coherent idea of what I just read.
Four stars, though, because most of it sounds rather good. So it's probably something important, for people who understand.
I got this expecting something amazing. Mostly, it is very much what I call 'identity poetry' whose subject matter is so personal to the writer that I can't relate to it. Ocean Vuong has a good talent for some rich imagery but to be honest, this kind of poetry is just not my cup of tea.
The item itself is lovely! Was recommended by a friend and I'm glad I ordered it. Now, the delivery was awful, found the parcel left on the floor a bit further away from the door. There are two flats and 4 people living in the building, yet, no one knocked the doorbells OR the door. Since the item is a book I'm enraged because it was a rainy day and there was the possibility of damaging the item. If there was to be a no contact delivery I would appreciate to know that my parcel has been put in a safe place so that there will be no damage. I am content with the book but cannot excuse the delivery way.