Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Author: Ocean Vuong

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473548020

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize Winner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the Year PBS Summer Recommendation An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sky with Exit Wounds is a book of poetry unlike any other. Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects – love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire – and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention: ‘...the chief of police/facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola./A palm-sized photo of his father soaking/beside his left ear.’ This is an unusual, important book: both gentle and visceral, vulnerable and assured, and its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years. ‘These are poems of exquisite beauty, unashamed of romance, and undaunted by looking directly into the horrors of war, the silences of history. One of the most important debut collections for a generation.’ Andrew McMillan
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Author: Ocean Vuong

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473564476

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born – a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam – and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to the American moment, immersed as it is in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
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Go Home!

Author: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 1936932032

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 200

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“The notion of home has always been elusive. But as evidenced in these stories, poems, and testaments, perhaps home is not so much a place, but a feeling one embodies. I read this book and see my people—see us—and feel, in our collective outsiderhood, at home.” —Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds Asian diasporic writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong.
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Exit Wounds

Author: VK Powell

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc

ISBN: 1602829322

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Police officer Loane Landry gives up professionally and emotionally when gunrunners kill her lover in an explosion. She blames herself and vows to seek answers and revenge—in or outside the law. Good guys never win, and bad guys never pay. But when the woman she loved returns very much alive and in desperate need of help, Loane must decide if she can endure the pain and memories of deceit in order to keep them both alive. ATF confidential informant Abigail Mancuso is charged with gathering information on a gunrunning syndicate camouflaged as a gentlemen’s entertainment business. Before arrests are made, something goes terribly wrong, and Abby is forced into a deep cover assignment for which she is unprepared. The only person she trusts is the woman she lied to about everything. How can she put Loane’s life at risk by asking for her help?
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Shame On Me

an anatomy of race and belonging

Author: Tessa McWatt

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925693813

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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‘What are you?’ Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked of people of colour by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. Is the answer English, Scottish, British, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, French, African, Chinese, Canadian? Like most families, hers is steeped in myth and the anecdotes of grandparents and parents who view their histories through the lens of desire, aspiration, loss, and shame. In Shame On Me she unspools all the interwoven strands of her inheritance, and knits them back together using additional fibres from literature and history to strengthen the weave of her refabricated tale. She dismantles her own body and examines it piece by piece to build a devastating and incisively subtle analysis of the race debate as it now stands, in this stunningly written exploration of who and what we truly are.
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There Should Be Flowers

Author: Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

Publisher: Civil Coping Mechanisms

ISBN: 9781937865733

Category: Poetry

Page: 100

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How long can I keep tricking you into thinking what I'm doing is poetry and not me begging you to let us live?
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Revisions

Author: Eric Tran

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943977468

Category: Poetry

Page: 50

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"Eric Tran's poems needle themselves through the psyche; they suture and sear, harboring speakers of myriad aftermaths. True to a physician's gaze, these poems, in their unflinching obsession with the renewal and failure of bodies, both tender and visceral at once, plant Eric Tran firmly in the long tradition of healer-wordsmiths." - Ocean Vuong
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