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Time Is a Mother by [Ocean Vuong]

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4.6 out of 5 stars 351 ratings

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“These poems glisten and rattle, and they deftly mine a host of diverse topics—sex, privilege, beauty, art, poverty, death—to offer us a fresh way of evaluating and understanding our world. Vuong expertly unwraps clichés and rewraps them in fresh packaging so we can perceive their meanings anew. On each page he demonstrates that untranslatable is a meaningless word. His poems say, We’re all humans having human experiences. Let’s figure this all out together.” Vulture, “49 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2022”

“All of Ocean Vuong’s writing shows a masterful attention to detail. He comes at language with a magnifying glass. He holds words differently than everyone else, and when he hands them to you, they are changed. . . . Dealing with the death of his mother, this new book comes from a place of grief and memory, turning loss over and over in a way that only this writer can.”
LitHub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2022”
 
“Ocean Vuong’s sentences are like tiny icebergs: exquisite and annihilating.”
Nylon, “24 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2022”
 
“Among the most haunting in the collection is a poem that lists items ordered from Amazon leading up to the death of his mother from cancer, the last line—one pair of woolen socks—a singular reminder that we come here alone and we die alone, regardless of whether time nurtures us or not.”
Oprah Daily, “The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022”
 
“Stories of personal loss are woven into vignettes and memories that explore the most sweeping of subjects—addiction, racism, war, death, family—with a gentle, modest touch and the occasional dose of humor. So, too, does Vuong once again prove himself the rare writer in whose hands experiments with form can become a thing of beauty in and of themselves. . . . Indeed, for all his technical prowess, the most striking thing about Vuong’s writing will always be its warm, beating heart even in the face of life’s cruelties. . . . It’s a body of work as hauntingly beautiful as it is ultimately hopeful, and very possibly Vuong’s best yet.”
—Vogue.com, “The Best Books of 2022: A Preview”
 
“[A] stirring collection of poetry. [Vuong] experiments with language and form while probing the aftermath of his mother’s death and his determination to survive it. Take your time with these poems, and return to them often.”
The Washington Post, “The books to read in 2022 based on what you loved in 2021”

“Both Jarrett and Hess say this poetry collection, Vuong’s second, should be on your radar in 2022. . . . ‘The poetry is just incredible and so moving,’ Hess said. ‘Anyone can read it and cull from it what they need from it at that time, which I love because it really speaks to so many people across many aspects of life.’”
—Boston.com, “23 books to look out for in 2022, according to local experts” --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Snow Theory

This is the best day ever
I haven't killed a thing since 2006
The darkness out there, wet as a newborn
I dog-eared the book & immediately
Thought of masturbation
How else do we return to ourselves but to fold
The page so it points to the good part
Another country burning on TV
What we'll always have is something we lost
In the snow, the dry outline of my mother
Promise me you won't vanish again, I said
She lay there awhile, thinking it over
One by one the houses turned off their lights
I lay down over her outline, to keep her true
Together we made an angel
It looked like something being destroyed in a blizzard
I haven't killed a thing since

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B099PDD84R
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Press (April 5 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1703 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 126 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 351 ratings

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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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Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean Vuong Time Is A Mother - the second volume of outstanding contemporary poetry
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 24, 2022
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vastly different from the first collection
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars An artistic expression of the passage of time.
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, a true modern poet
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