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Time Is a Mother

Ocean Vuong

"Ocean Vuong's second collection of poetry looks inward, on the aftershocks of his mother's death, and the struggle--and rewards--of staying present in the world. [The volume] moves outward and onward, in concert with the themes of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, as Vuong continues, through his work, his.

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Book Information

Publisher: Penguin Press
Publish Date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 128
ISBN-13: 9780593300237
ISBN-10: 0593300238
Language: English

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April 08, 2022

Time is a Mother

By Gabbi Cisneros

Newly published in the first week of national poetry month, Time is a Mother is an emotionally full and truthful collection of grief, progress, and identity.  READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong How else do we return to ourselves but to fold
The page so it points to the good part In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother's death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong's poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break. The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.

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