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Dusk: a blade of honey between our shadows, draining.
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Dusk: a blade of honey between our shadows, draining. . . . . #oceanvuong 
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Say autumn despite the green
in your eyes. 
Beauty despite
daylight. Say you’d kill for it. Unbreakable dawn
mounting in your throat.
My thrashing beneath you
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like a sparrow stunned
with falling.
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. Say autumn despite the green in your eyes. Beauty despite daylight. Say you’d kill for it. Unbreakable dawn mounting in your throat. My thrashing beneath you . like a sparrow stunned with falling. . . . #oceanvuong 
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You, drowning
between my arms —
stay.

You, pushing your body
into the river
only to be left
with yourself —
stay.
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#oceanvuong
. You, drowning between my arms — stay. You, pushing your body into the river only to be left with yourself — stay. . . . #oceanvuong 
"Dear God, if you are a season, let it be the one I passed through 
to get here. 
Here. That's all I wanted to be.

I promise."
Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds #oceanvuong #poetry #poet #poem #literature #lit #reading #currentlyreading #books #book
Through the detail a poem becomes universal. - paraphrasing Roland Barthes, & Wow I love this!
#ocean #oceanvuong #findpoets #we #universal
#oceanvuong sweet words.  #queer #poet
“but what if I broke through
the skin’s thin page

anyway
& found the heart”

#oceanvuong #charcoal #charcoaldrawing #carboncino #drawing #disegno #sketch #melancolia
Ocean Vuong is reading at UMass tomorrow night, 10/12, 8pm, Memorial Hall. This excerpt is from his debut collection, 'Night Sky With Exit Wounds'. I'll be teaching a workshop on "The Poetic Medicine of Ocean Vuong' on Nov.13, 5-6 pm at #thriveintegrativewellness in Florence, MA #oceanvuong #poetry #poetryasintegrativemedicine @movebemoved
Just finished Ocean Vuong’s NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful collection of poetry. Vuong and his mother immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. I loved the imagery and word play Vuong uses in the different poems. Def a favorite of all the poetry I’ve read this year.
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#poetry #poetrycollection #oceanvuong #weneeddiversebooks #booksofinstagram #amreading #readmorebooks
It’s World Mental Health Day, and I was reminded of this passage from Ocean Vuong’s poem “Trevor” as I read post after post about mental health and the state of our world today. #mentalhealth #poetry #poem #OceanVuong #writing
It’s World Mental Health Day, and I was reminded of this passage from Ocean Vuong’s poem “Trevor” as I read post after post about mental health and the state of our world today. #mentalhealth  #poetry  #poem  #OceanVuong  #writing 
"...But I was a boy then. Which meant I was a murderer of my childhood. & like all murderers, my god was stillness. My god, he was still there. He looked like something prayed for by a priest with no mouth. The green-blue lamp swirled in its socket. I didn't want him. I didn't want him to be beautiful - but needed beauty to be more than hurt gentle enough to hold. [...]"
#oceanvuong #notvital #whatyoukeep #whatyoucarry
#likeme
"...But I was a boy then. Which meant I was a murderer of my childhood. & like all murderers, my god was stillness. My god, he was still there. He looked like something prayed for by a priest with no mouth. The green-blue lamp swirled in its socket. I didn't want him. I didn't want him to be beautiful - but needed beauty to be more than hurt gentle enough to hold. [...]" #oceanvuong  #notvital  #whatyoukeep  #whatyoucarry  #likeme 
I can’t believe I grabbed the one and only copy of #HerBodyandOtherParties today. Lol. I’ve been wanting to try #DeborahLevy’s work, but instead of #HotMilk I chose #BlackVodka. Also heard amazing things about #OceanVuong’s #NightSkyWithExitWounds and I’ve read some of his work before. Epic Wins-day.
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Anyone read any of these yet?
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#bookstagram #reading #bookaddict #books #allthebooks #bookaholic #bookstore #readingbooks #bookphotography #literature #booklover #books #bookworm #bibliophile #booklover #pickupthisbook #igreads
I can’t believe I grabbed the one and only copy of #HerBodyandOtherParties  today. Lol. I’ve been wanting to try #DeborahLevy ’s work, but instead of #HotMilk  I chose #BlackVodka . Also heard amazing things about #OceanVuong ’s #NightSkyWithExitWounds  and I’ve read some of his work before. Epic Wins-day. . Anyone read any of these yet? . . . #bookstagram  #reading  #bookaddict  #books  #allthebooks  #bookaholic  #bookstore  #readingbooks  #bookphotography  #literature  #booklover  #books  #bookworm  #bibliophile  #booklover  #pickupthisbook  #igreads 
"— to hold every flying & falling at once." - Ocean Vuong // 'The Crusher' by Simon Birch
"— to hold every flying & falling at once." - Ocean Vuong // 'The Crusher' by Simon Birch
awesome night tonight. 😍got my book autographed by this lovely #queer #poet. beautiful talk @butleru #oceanvuong
awesome night tonight. 😍got my book autographed by this lovely #queer  #poet . beautiful talk @butleru #oceanvuong 
Tonight is the night. 7:30. #Poet #OceanVuong visits @butleru. Free & open to the public. More @ https://goo.gl/REHvmL. #VisitingWritersSeries
Relax away w/ a #fridayreads!
C: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" by Muriel Spark
D: "Night Sky with Exit Wounds" by Ocean Vuong
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#somanydamnbooks #books #bookstagram #amreading #bookbreak #oceanvuong #murielspark #nightskywithexitwounds #theprimeofmissjeanbrodie
At @bricklanebookshop in the early Summer, I was so incredibly lucky to stumble across this stunning collection of poems 'Night Sky With Exit Wounds', by the unfeasibly talented Ocean Vuong. That afternoon I was flicking through an assortment of poetry books and pamphlets, searching for something new, unique and inspiring. When my mind leapt and skidded on the very first poem in this book, I knew it was something special worth a place on my shelf... in my bag... on my bedside table and now in my heart. One of my very favourite new poetry collections alongside 'To Sweeten Bitter' by @raymond_antrobus, 'Loop of Jade' by Sarah Howe and 'Physical' by @andrewpoetry. For me it doesn't matter whether print of ebook, do yourself a favour and make these part of your personal library. ...Oh, and after my first full read of the Ocean Vuong's collection, I discovered it was a signed copy! A real treasure. 
#bricklanebookshop #OceanVuong #NightSkyWithExitWounds #poetry #poems #NationalPoetryDay #SarahHowe #AndrewMcMillan #RaymondAntrobus
At @bricklanebookshop in the early Summer, I was so incredibly lucky to stumble across this stunning collection of poems 'Night Sky With Exit Wounds', by the unfeasibly talented Ocean Vuong. That afternoon I was flicking through an assortment of poetry books and pamphlets, searching for something new, unique and inspiring. When my mind leapt and skidded on the very first poem in this book, I knew it was something special worth a place on my shelf... in my bag... on my bedside table and now in my heart. One of my very favourite new poetry collections alongside 'To Sweeten Bitter' by @raymond_antrobus, 'Loop of Jade' by Sarah Howe and 'Physical' by @andrewpoetry. For me it doesn't matter whether print of ebook, do yourself a favour and make these part of your personal library. ...Oh, and after my first full read of the Ocean Vuong's collection, I discovered it was a signed copy! A real treasure. #bricklanebookshop  #OceanVuong  #NightSkyWithExitWounds  #poetry  #poems  #NationalPoetryDay  #SarahHowe  #AndrewMcMillan  #RaymondAntrobus 
To celebrate #nationalpoetryday I chose a quote from my favourite poet this year, Ocean Vuong & his brilliant collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds! 
#poetry #poet #poetsofinstagram #oceanvuong #nightskywithexitwounds #instapoet
Celebrating #NationalPoetryDay with these beautiful quotes from HOW LOVELY THE RUINS, a new collection meant to offer readers solace, perspective, and the courage to persevere in trying times. On sale October 31st! 
#poetry #inspiration #wordstoliveby #wordsofwisdom #howlovelytheruins #mayaangelou #pabloneruda #charlesdickens #virginiawolf #oceanvuong #danezsmith #anaisnin
Happy National Poetry Day! Couldn't resist posting this pic from the @forwardprizes night with #oceanvuong !!! #nightskywithexitwounds #nationalpoetryday #poetry #authorsofinstagram
Viet Pride - when a Vietnamese American wins an award we must celebrate. - #poet #oceanvuong wins #award #vietpride #poetry https://www.facebook.com/chopsticksalley/posts/564981550292259 #forwardprizesforpoetry #forwardprize
Next Monday, October 2nd @ 7:30PM in the #SchrottCenter #Poet #OceanVuong will be speaking at @butleru. This event is free & open to the public. More info @ https://goo.gl/REHvmL #VisitingWritersSeries
"I dreamed I walked barefoot all the way to your house in the snow. Everything was the blue of smudged ink and you were still alive. There was even a light the shade of sunrise inside your window." Whenever I'm feeling down, I read @oceanvuong's poetry and feel a little bit more alive.
"I dreamed I walked barefoot all the way to your house in the snow. Everything was the blue of smudged ink and you were still alive. There was even a light the shade of sunrise inside your window." Whenever I'm feeling down, I read @oceanvuong's poetry and feel a little bit more alive.
"Poetry is what happens when nothing else can"
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Up on my Wordpress blog: Top Five Poetry Collections. Check it out :) link in my description!
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Q: what's your favourite poetry collection?
"Poetry is what happens when nothing else can" ___________ Up on my Wordpress blog: Top Five Poetry Collections. Check it out :) link in my description! ___________ Q: what's your favourite poetry collection?
Perché io continuo a essere innamorata di lui e ogni riconoscimento che riceve è una gioia immensa. E per ricordare a tutte le persone che amano la poesia - e in particolare la poesia queer e che affronta temi come guerra, immigrazione e colonizzazione - di provare a dargli una possibilità, perché lo merita tantissimo. E non capita spesso che testi del genere vengano tradotti e pubblicati anche da noi.

Oscar della poesia a “Cielo notturno con fori d’uscita”! Ocean Vuong ha vinto il Forward Prize uno dei più importanti premi poetici al mondo.
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#mustread #mustreadbook #oceanvuong #cielonotturnoconforiduscita #lanavediteseo #lanavediteseoeditore #oscar #forwardprize #poetry #poesia #poet #poeta #poetryporn #poetryclub #poetrybook #poetryofinstagram #book #books #libro #libri #letture #queer #lgbt #lgbtqi #equality #parole #words #beautiful #beauty
Perché io continuo a essere innamorata di lui e ogni riconoscimento che riceve è una gioia immensa. E per ricordare a tutte le persone che amano la poesia - e in particolare la poesia queer e che affronta temi come guerra, immigrazione e colonizzazione - di provare a dargli una possibilità, perché lo merita tantissimo. E non capita spesso che testi del genere vengano tradotti e pubblicati anche da noi. Oscar della poesia a “Cielo notturno con fori d’uscita”! Ocean Vuong ha vinto il Forward Prize uno dei più importanti premi poetici al mondo. 💚💚💚💚💚 #mustread  #mustreadbook  #oceanvuong  #cielonotturnoconforiduscita  #lanavediteseo  #lanavediteseoeditore  #oscar  #forwardprize  #poetry  #poesia  #poet  #poeta  #poetryporn  #poetryclub  #poetrybook  #poetryofinstagram  #book  #books  #libro  #libri  #letture  #queer  #lgbt  #lgbtqi  #equality  #parole  #words  #beautiful  #beauty 
Hearty congratulations to #OceanVuong on winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Ocean spoke to #SebEmina about that very collection of poems, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, in the 25th edition of Fantastic Man. Portrait by #BrunoStaub.
Hearty congratulations to #OceanVuong  on winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Ocean spoke to #SebEmina  about that very collection of poems, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, in the 25th edition of Fantastic Man. Portrait by #BrunoStaub .
Il mio contributo sul giovanissimo poeta di origine vietnamita e americano di adozione #oceanvuong

http://www.cittadelmonte.it/wordpress/i-fori-stellati-di-ocean-vuong/

La parte più bella / del tuo corpo è ovunque / si proietta l’ombra di tua madre. 
#poetry #literarycriticism #literature
Il mio contributo sul giovanissimo poeta di origine vietnamita e americano di adozione #oceanvuong  http://www.cittadelmonte.it/wordpress/i-fori-stellati-di-ocean-vuong/ La parte più bella / del tuo corpo è ovunque / si proietta l’ombra di tua madre. #poetry  #literarycriticism  #literature 
So many beautiful, powerful words @bearpondbooks 
#maxritvo #tracyksmith #oceanvuong #poetry #poet #writing #bookstore #words #read
"Every time we remember, we create new neurons, which is why memory is so unreliable. I thought, well if the Greek root for 'poet' is 'creator', then to remember is to create, and, therefore, to remember is to be a poet.  I thought it was so neat. Everyone's a poet, as long as they remember."
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#oceanvuong #poet #poetic #poem #poetrylovers #booklovers #quote #love #cinema #art #alaindelon #icon #famous #words #text #dailyquote #literature #blackandwhite #lesaventuriers #heart #wild #thoughts #intellectual
"Every time we remember, we create new neurons, which is why memory is so unreliable. I thought, well if the Greek root for 'poet' is 'creator', then to remember is to create, and, therefore, to remember is to be a poet. I thought it was so neat. Everyone's a poet, as long as they remember." • Ocean Vuong • #oceanvuong  #poet  #poetic  #poem  #poetrylovers  #booklovers  #quote  #love  #cinema  #art  #alaindelon  #icon  #famous  #words  #text  #dailyquote  #literature  #blackandwhite  #lesaventuriers  #heart  #wild  #thoughts  #intellectual 
Milkflower petals on the street
like pieces of a girl’s dress.
May your days be merry and bright...
He fills a teacup with champagne, brings it to her lips.
Open, he says.
She opens.
Outside, a soldier spits out
his cigarette as footsteps
fill the square like stones fallen from the sky. May all
your Christmases be white as the traffic guard
unstraps his holster.
His hand running the hem 
ofher white dress. 
His black eyes. 
Her black hair.
A single candle. 
Their shadows: two wicks.
A military truck speeds through the intersection, the sound of children
shrieking inside. A bicycle hurled
through a store window. When the dust rises, a black dog
lies in the road, panting. Its hind legs
crushed into the shine
of a white Christmas.
On the nightstand, a sprig of magnolia expands like a secret heard 
for the first time.
The treetops glisten and children listen, the chief of police
facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola.
A palm-sized photo of his father soaking
beside his left ear.
The song moving through the city like a widow.
A white...A white...I’m dreaming of a curtain of snow
falling from her shoulders.
Snow crackling against the window. Snow shredded
with gunfire. Red sky. 
Snow on the tanks rolling over the city walls. 
A helicopter lifting the living just out of reach.
The city so white it is ready for ink. 
The radio saying run run run. 
Milkflower petals on a black dog 
like pieces of a girl’s dress.
May your days be merry and bright. She is saying 
something neither of them can hear. The hotel rocks 
beneath them. The bed a field of ice
cracking.
Don’t worry, he says, as the first bomb brightens
their faces, my brothers have won the war
and tomorrow...
The lights go out.
I’m dreaming. I’m dreaming... to hear sleigh bells in the snow...
In the square below: a nun, on fire,
runs silently toward her god
Open, he says.
She opens.
#Aubade with Burning City" By #oceanvuong #japan 2012 post earthquake by #jamesnachtwey  #art #artist #artistoninstagram #author #desire #image #love #photographer #photograph #photoshoot #photooftheday #photo #poetry #poems #poetrybook #poetrycommunity #poetsofinstagram #poet #poem #poetsofig #portrait #time #words #writer #writersofinstagram
Milkflower petals on the street like pieces of a girl’s dress. May your days be merry and bright... He fills a teacup with champagne, brings it to her lips. Open, he says. She opens. Outside, a soldier spits out his cigarette as footsteps fill the square like stones fallen from the sky. May all your Christmases be white as the traffic guard unstraps his holster. His hand running the hem ofher white dress. His black eyes. Her black hair. A single candle. Their shadows: two wicks. A military truck speeds through the intersection, the sound of children shrieking inside. A bicycle hurled through a store window. When the dust rises, a black dog lies in the road, panting. Its hind legs crushed into the shine of a white Christmas. On the nightstand, a sprig of magnolia expands like a secret heard for the first time. The treetops glisten and children listen, the chief of police facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola. A palm-sized photo of his father soaking beside his left ear. The song moving through the city like a widow. A white...A white...I’m dreaming of a curtain of snow falling from her shoulders. Snow crackling against the window. Snow shredded with gunfire. Red sky. Snow on the tanks rolling over the city walls. A helicopter lifting the living just out of reach. The city so white it is ready for ink. The radio saying run run run. Milkflower petals on a black dog like pieces of a girl’s dress. May your days be merry and bright. She is saying something neither of them can hear. The hotel rocks beneath them. The bed a field of ice cracking. Don’t worry, he says, as the first bomb brightens their faces, my brothers have won the war and tomorrow... The lights go out. I’m dreaming. I’m dreaming... to hear sleigh bells in the snow... In the square below: a nun, on fire, runs silently toward her god Open, he says. She opens. #Aubade  with Burning City" By #oceanvuong  #japan  2012 post earthquake by #jamesnachtwey  #art  #artist  #artistoninstagram  #author  #desire  #image  #love  #photographer  #photograph  #photoshoot  #photooftheday  #photo  #poetry  #poems  #poetrybook  #poetrycommunity  #poetsofinstagram  #poet  #poem  #poetsofig  #portrait  #time  #words  #writer  #writersofinstagram 
i want to leave/ no one behind./ to keep & be kept./ the way a field turns/ its secrets/ into peonies -Ocean Vuong
i want to leave/ no one behind./ to keep & be kept./ the way a field turns/ its secrets/ into peonies -Ocean Vuong
Chai and @oceanvuong.
Chai and @oceanvuong.
inspired by the poems by Ocean Vuong, Roger Reeves, and Frank O'Hara 🦋
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#poetry #poetrycommunity #poetsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #creativewriting #poetryworkshop #oceanvuong #rogerreeves #frankohara
"He laughs despite knowing he has ruined every beautiful thing just to prove beauty cannot change him" #oceanvuong
"He laughs despite knowing he has ruined every beautiful thing just to prove beauty cannot change him" #oceanvuong 
Snuggled up for my Saturday read 😍😍#bookworm #oceanvuong #weekend
"Then, as if breathing, the sea swelled beneath us. If you must know anything, know that the hardest task is to live only once."
-from Immigrant Haibun
Night Sky With Exit Wounds
Ocean Vuong 🌊 •This book is killing me with its beauty•

#poetry #currentlyreading #reading #readmyowndamnbooks #books #bookstagram #booklover #becausereading #oceanvuong #nightskywithexitwounds
Poet Ocean Vuong signing his book "Night Sky With Exit Wounds" following his reading at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle TX #oceanvuong #poet #poetry #poetsofinstagram #kyletx #katherineanneporter #mfa #mfacreativewriting #txst @lonestarlit @copper_canyon_press @frontporchjournal
Gracias @oceanvuong for coming to #txst! I have so much to think about & I love it. "Dear God, if you are a season, let it be the one I passed through to get here." - #oceanvuong
Gracias @oceanvuong for coming to #txst ! I have so much to think about & I love it. "Dear God, if you are a season, let it be the one I passed through to get here." - #oceanvuong 
"Dusk: a blade of honey between our shadows, draining." #oceanvuong #oilpainting #oil #oilstick #drawing #art #poetry #melancolía #autunno
Today I saw @oceanvuong read & then I took a contemporary dance class, the first I've taken in 20 years, and I went in scared & hoping my body would still remember this part of me, and I know it'll take time, oh so much time, but I am here for it. During his talk, Ocean said we mustn't be afraid to feel stupid sometimes, to feel lost & complicate our way through things. More days like this, please. More poetry. More dance. #oceanvuong #poetry #poetsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #dance #danceislife #dancing #art #happiness
Today I saw @oceanvuong read & then I took a contemporary dance class, the first I've taken in 20 years, and I went in scared & hoping my body would still remember this part of me, and I know it'll take time, oh so much time, but I am here for it. During his talk, Ocean said we mustn't be afraid to feel stupid sometimes, to feel lost & complicate our way through things. More days like this, please. More poetry. More dance. #oceanvuong  #poetry  #poetsofinstagram  #writersofinstagram  #authorsofinstagram  #dance  #danceislife  #dancing  #art  #happiness 
"The most beautiful part of your body is where it’s headed. & remember, loneliness is still time spent with the world." Someday I'll Love / Ocean Vuong
"The most beautiful part of your body is where it’s headed. & remember, loneliness is still time spent with the world." Someday I'll Love / Ocean Vuong
"As if to look down / on the dead is to look up / at my own face, trampled / by music."
#oceanvuong from #queenunderthehill
(Re)reading Ocean Vuong's utterly stunning poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. 'I didn't know the cost 
of entering a song- was to lose  Your way back.

So I entered. So I lost.  I lost it all with my eyes

wide open.' #oceanvuong #nightskywithexitwounds #poetry #igreads
(Re)reading Ocean Vuong's utterly stunning poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. 'I didn't know the cost of entering a song- was to lose Your way back. So I entered. So I lost. I lost it all with my eyes wide open.' #oceanvuong  #nightskywithexitwounds  #poetry  #igreads 
#oceanvuong and window screen shadows in the early am
#oceanvuong  and window screen shadows in the early am
"Queste poesie non possono essere accantonate facilmente"

5 stelle per "Cielo notturno con fori d'uscita" di Ocean Vuong su @internazionale oggi in edicola

#lanavediteseo #oceanvuong #poetry #instabook #literature #libribelli #poesia #novita
"The most beautiful part of your body is where it's headed. & remember, loneliness is still time spent with this world." @oceanvuong
"The most beautiful part of your body is where it's headed. & remember, loneliness is still time spent with this world." @oceanvuong
These days, I'm #currentlyreading my poetry collection for August, NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong. Tomorrow I'm going to kick off my two months of reading #hispanic books with SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. If you want to hear more about my reading plans for #hispanicheritagemonth, check out my latest video for a TBR sampler of sorts where I spotlight five awesome Hispanic voices. (Link in the bio 🔗) Also, I just got some sweet new HxH buttons in the mail, and they're going straight on my bag ❤ Hope your reading month is ending on a high just in time to start a new month with all new books! Happy reading 📚
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#books #bookstagram #igreads #booksofig #booksofinsta #poetry #ya #yabooks #hxh #hunterxhunter #nightskywithexitwounds #oceanvuong #signaltonoise #silviamorenogarcia #booklover #booknerd #booktube #bibliophile
These days, I'm #currentlyreading  my poetry collection for August, NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong. Tomorrow I'm going to kick off my two months of reading #hispanic  books with SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. If you want to hear more about my reading plans for #hispanicheritagemonth , check out my latest video for a TBR sampler of sorts where I spotlight five awesome Hispanic voices. (Link in the bio 🔗) Also, I just got some sweet new HxH buttons in the mail, and they're going straight on my bag ❤ Hope your reading month is ending on a high just in time to start a new month with all new books! Happy reading 📚 ---------------------- #books  #bookstagram  #igreads  #booksofig  #booksofinsta  #poetry  #ya  #yabooks  #hxh  #hunterxhunter  #nightskywithexitwounds  #oceanvuong  #signaltonoise  #silviamorenogarcia  #booklover  #booknerd  #booktube  #bibliophile 
(& remember, loneliness is still time spent with the world)
(& remember, loneliness is still time spent with the world)
I didnt know the cost / of entering a song -- was to lose / your way back. / So I entered. So I lost. / I lost it all with my eyes / wide open.
#poetry #oceanvuong
I didnt know the cost / of entering a song -- was to lose / your way back. / So I entered. So I lost. / I lost it all with my eyes / wide open. #poetry  #oceanvuong 
(it’s not about the light—but how dark it makes you depending on where you stand)
(it’s not about the light—but how dark it makes you depending on where you stand)
Devotion
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Instead, the year begins
with my knees
scraping hardwood,
another man leaving
into my throat. Fresh snow
crackling on the window,
each flake a letter
from an alphabet
I've shut out for good.
Because the difference
between prayer & mercy
is how you move
the tongue. I press mine
to the navel's familiar
whorl, molasses threads
descending toward
devotion. & there's nothing
more holy than holding
a man's heartbeat between
your teeth, sharpened
with too much
air. This mouth the last
entry into January, silenced
with fresh snow crackling
on the window.
& so what - if my feathers
are burning. I
never asked for flight.
Only to feel
this fully, this
entire, the way snow
touches bare skin - & is,
suddenly, snow
no longer.
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Ocean Vuong's debut collection is a work of raw beauty. Both personal and masculine Vuong's poetry chronicles modern love and childhood trauma against the backdrop of modern America haunted by the ghost of Vietnam. With line-breaks that make my heart flutter and scraps of journal entries that will speak to so many,  Night Sky With Exit Wounds is the best book of poetry I've read this year.
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Devotion • Instead, the year begins with my knees scraping hardwood, another man leaving into my throat. Fresh snow crackling on the window, each flake a letter from an alphabet I've shut out for good. Because the difference between prayer & mercy is how you move the tongue. I press mine to the navel's familiar whorl, molasses threads descending toward devotion. & there's nothing more holy than holding a man's heartbeat between your teeth, sharpened with too much air. This mouth the last entry into January, silenced with fresh snow crackling on the window. & so what - if my feathers are burning. I never asked for flight. Only to feel this fully, this entire, the way snow touches bare skin - & is, suddenly, snow no longer. - - Ocean Vuong's debut collection is a work of raw beauty. Both personal and masculine Vuong's poetry chronicles modern love and childhood trauma against the backdrop of modern America haunted by the ghost of Vietnam. With line-breaks that make my heart flutter and scraps of journal entries that will speak to so many, Night Sky With Exit Wounds is the best book of poetry I've read this year. - - #poetry  #poetrygram  #igpoetry  #amreading  #currentlyreading  #books  #bookstagram  #bookish  #booklove  #booknerd  #bookworm  #bookreview  #bookquote  #gaystagram  #gayreads  #instagay  #gaylondon  #oceanvuong  #nightskywithexitwounds  #poetryandpants  #scruff