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Night Sky with Exit Wounds by [Ocean Vuong]

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WINNER of a 2016 Whiting AwardFeatured on NPR's "All Things Considered"Featured on PBS NewsHourHuffington Post's 12 Great Poetry Books to Read 
Publishers Weekly 2016 Poetry Top 10Buzzfeed Most Exciting Books of 2016
"The poems in Mr. Vuong's new collection,
Night Sky With Exit Wounds, possess[es] a tensile precision reminiscent of Emily Dickinson's work, combined with a Gerard Manley Hopkins-like appreciation for the sound and rhythms of words...There is a powerful emotional undertow to these poems that springs from Mr. Vuong's sincerity and candor, and from his ability to capture specific moments in time with both photographic clarity and a sense of the evanescence of all earthly things."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"[A] masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence."
--BuzzFeed Books
"Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition....His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion."
--The New Yorker
"Extraordinary." 
--Los Angeles Times 
"...[T]errifying, heartbreaking, surreal, and lyrical-I'm not quite sure how a poet can fit so much humanity into so few words. Ocean Vuong creates and poses alternate universes within these poems. He stands at the feet of American poetry and unties the masters' shoelaces.
Night Sky With Exit Wounds is a must read and re-read, a book that will be cherished." --Lambda Literary Review
"[A] haunting and fearless debut."
--Publishers Weekly
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This book, with all of its fears, is probably what you've been hoping for."--Kenyon Review
"This original, sprightly wordsmith of tumbling pulsing phrases pushes poetry to a new level."
--2016 Whiting Award citation
"In Vuong's "Night Sky," the entry and exit wounds are real, torn open by gunshot and "misfired" words, but his poems insist we can be made whole by rapture."
--San Francisco Chronicle "Vuong's major contribution in Night Sky With Exit Wounds is to push back against the inclination to let fear define the exile's life." --LA Review of Books'[O]ne reason Vuong's debut collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds feels so exquisite, so necessary, is that he offers another way to hold the present moment. --Georgia Review

"Vuong's powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity--all with a tremendous humanity."
--Slate
"[A] debut that will cement Vuong's status as one of the most important new poets writing today."
 --Rain Taxi

"Vuong's pitch-perfect approach, through the legacy of war and forced displacement, shows us why we can't afford to let him remember them alone."
--The London Magazine
"At a time when poets are resigned to making boredom a commodity, [Vuong] reminds us that the limits of intimacy are an exhilarating frontier, and that the most urgent communications begin with the overture of letting down one's defenses."
--The Rumpus 
"Night Sky with Exit Wounds is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power."
--LitHub
"I haven't been so moved by a first book since Richard Siken's Crush in 2005, and it became an anthem to a generation of young poets. I imagine that Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds will similarly inspire, rally, and break a new path--of thinking, feeling, and writing--for all who encounter it."
--Green Linden Review
"Occasionally there is a book so exquisitely realized that a reviewer wants simply to point to it and say "read this." Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds is such a book."
--BODY Literature --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). His poems appear in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01EEQ8XI6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Copper Canyon Press (May 23 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1105 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 98 pages
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Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 12 other languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst.

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