Time Is a Mother Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An instant New York Times bestseller!
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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|Listening Length||1 hour and 43 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 05 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,344 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Asian American Poetry
#5 in Poetry (Audible Books & Originals)
#5 in LGBTQ2S+ Poetry
Top review from Canada
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During the past decade Ocean Vuong has become one of the more highly regarded men on the literary scene. He is both a poet and a novelist, but no matter the form in which his words are dressed, the level of empathy glows. In 2019 he published ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS - a fine novel, an autobiography in prose and poetry, and an intense examination of family, race, class, gender, drug addiction, immigrant status, filial devotion between a mother who does not read and her son, and finding inner self. Now he offers TIME IS A MOTHER and his poems continue to grow – and amaze. Longer now and unique in placement on the page, Ocean’s thoughts seem to scatter and fly and then land and gel. ‘Time is a mother. Lest we forget, a morgue is also a community center…’ Clearly, Ocean Vuong is in the top tier of poets. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 22
Top reviews from other countries
In between the two volumes of poetry, Vuong wrote and published his first novel, one that took him a good few years to complete and which took a lot of soul searching. I will review the novel in its appropriate Amazon page in due course.
From the time of publishing the first volume of poetry to the release of this book, Time Is A Mother several years passed - years that were full of developments, achievements, successes, despair, sadness. Vuong had to live through so many experiences - and still come out the other end as a writer and a poet. He has done so, and in spectacular fashion, with a work that not only shows his development but also his maturity, both as person and as a writer.
Where Night Sky gave us an insight into Vuong, his life, his thoughts, his background, Time Is A Mother continues to enlighten us but is nonetheless filled with sadness, with expectation, with hope. In a recorded interview, Vuong accepted that he, like others, are victims but he refused to be considered as a victim, he wouldn't live his life as a victim, he would live "his" life. This personal strength shines through this new volume of poetry, one young man's fight against any and all odds, determined to be himself, to live his life, to retain the memories of the past that have informed how he is today, and to do so without unrestrained anger.
This is not an easy read. Vuong has utilised a different style of writing here, on the whole excluding punctuation, and this forces the reader to work through each poem in the way Vuong himself recites them - slowly, one word at a time, letting each word be its own poem, each phrase be its own revelation, and then you/we can understand and appreciate the vitality, the importance of each piece that leads us to the heart-wrenching penultimate poem, to his mother, To Rose.
There are videos on a well-known online video site where you can hear Ocean Vuong reading some of the poetry from this and his earlier volume. It is enlightening to listen to him and will show readers just how his work should be approached.
This is an obvious recommendation for anyone who wishes to encounter one of the most important poets, not of "his generation", as one critic pointed out, but alive today.
Buy - and fall in love with Ocean.
This books also highlights Ocean's mother and her passages of time. The narrative furthers developed by feeling the passage of time in relation to a loved one.
The passing of time is a complex narrative. A narrative this book very artistically captures.
His poetry and verse is as poignant as ever. He delivers an ample deep dive into grief. He moves you through his stories in a sort of past and future tense. Reimagining the past as if he is living it again in present time. Which is why it’s both unbelievably intimate and universal.
What makes this collection memorable are his moments of ‘release’ — he sets free his repressed emotions in a revelatory manner with introspective metaphors. Every poem is visionary and blended with animal like qualities and behaviors. The overall theme is fear: fear of life, loss, pain, closeness, and fear of ourselves. Fear of living when much is lost. Fear of living in the past, over and over again as if we could possibly change it.