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Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Night Sky with Exit Wounds | Ocean Vuong
A haunting debut that is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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The latest in a series of library books I have been tempted to check out even though I have so many books waiting for me at home. #NoRegrets #Poetry

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ReadingEnvy
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This poetry collection has been recommended twice on the Reading Envy Podcast by readers I trust - @shawnmooney (Episode 111) and Lauren (Episode 147) but I took my time getting to it.

Poems span from grappling with a father's experiences and a painful family/country history to the poet's own body and adulthood.

Favorites include "Telemachus," "A Little Closer to the Edge," "Into the Breach," "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," and "Logophobia."

Redwritinghood I‘m looking forward to his novel coming out later this year. 2mo
Lindy Such a great collection. 😊 2mo
TrishB Love this collection too 💕 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Redwritinghood me too! I may have an ARC of it but thought I should.read the poetry first. To my surprise there is a poem with the same name. 2mo
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readordierachel
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I was just going to drop off some books...
Apparently, I will be going hard for National Poetry Month.

I have no self-control 😆
#libraryhaul

minkyb You crack me up!!! 2mo
vivastory What a fantastic stack! 2mo
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batsy 😆 Some lovely reading ahead though 😍 2mo
Tanisha_A Wow! So many new to me poets here! Thanks for sharing. 😍 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍 2mo
merelybookish Wow! How could you resist you? 2mo
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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

I loved many of these poems, about family and shared history and otherness. Can‘t wait to read Ocean‘s novel, which will be out later this year. #HalfBloodBingo

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AlizaApp
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From “Someday I‘ll Love Ocean Vuong” by Ocean Vuong. This whole poetry collection was filled with killer lines.

TrishB I loved this collection too 💕 4mo
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Mollyegutman
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Recently had a Secret Santa-style book swap with my coworkers. I gave NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS and received THE MERMAID AND MRS. HANCOCK, which I can‘t wait to read!

Are there any books you‘re hoping to give or get this holiday season?

rachelsbrittain All of them 6mo
Mollyegutman I‘m thinking my top list (highly incomplete) is... R.O. Kwon‘s THE INCENDIARIES, Melissa Broder‘s THE PISCES, and Patrick DeWitt‘s FRENCH EXIT. @rachelsbrittain 6mo
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Mollyegutman @rachelsbrittain @sebrittain I heard that on YoUr PoDcAsT 😎 6mo
rachelsbrittain @Mollyegutman ohhhh I see 😂🤗 6mo
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TrishB
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#poetrymatters #wind
I forced myself to use the spelling of color the poet uses....even if it is wrong....😁

LazyDays Love it!🙌 7mo
rwmg It breaks my heart at work when somebody uses 'labor' consistently in 90% of their draft and I have to change the 10% 'labour'. 7mo
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Sue
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So this happened and I didn‘t notice 😂

aniket.barik Wow! Congrats! That's quite an accomplishment! 9mo
Bklover Congratulations!!! 9mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 9mo
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DGRachel Congrats! 9mo
Kalalalatja Woohoo! 9mo
JoScho 🎉💖🎉💖🎉 9mo
mrozzz Well done!!! 👏🏻😄 9mo
ephemeralwaltz Very impressive!! Congrats 👏👏👏 9mo
Izai.Amorim So now that you‘re done you‘ll take time off reading until January, right? 😂😂😂😂 9mo
Sue You‘re a funny man @Izai.Amorim - I‘ve finished another 3 books since I posted this! 😂😂😂 9mo
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elizabethlk
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Such a darkly beautiful poetry collection. Vuong really knows how to use language and form to his benefit. I am going to have to give this a reread at some point, and find some of his other work. Definitely recommended.

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Tonton
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Killer poetry

Lindy I love this collection too. 💜 12mo
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Lindy
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“Dear god, if you are a season, let it be the one I passed through / to get here.”
Ocean Vuong‘s poetry collection has left me with an exit wound. I am deeply affected by the violence, the tenderness & the beauty in his imagery, as well as his quest for meaning in suffering.
“An American soldier fucked a Vietnamese farmgirl. Thus my mother exists. Thus I exist. Thus no bombs = no family = no me.”
#LGBTQ #ownvoices #poetrychallenge2018

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Lindy
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From men, I learned to praise the thickness of walls.
From women,
I learned to praise.
If you are given my body, put it down.
If you are given anything
be sure to leave
no tracks in the snow.

To My Father / To My Future Son

#LGBTQ #poetrychallenge2018

Reggie Yeesh, his poems are affecting. 14mo
Lindy @Reggie Yes, indeed. 14mo
Graywacke Love all these quotes your posting from Vuong 14mo
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Lindy
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Turn back & find the book I left
for us, filled
with all the colours of the sky
forgotten by gravediggers.
Use it.
Use it to prove how the stars
were always what we knew
they were: the exit wounds
of every
misfired word.

-To My Father / To My Future Son

#LGBTQ #poetrychallenge2018

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Lindy
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… Suppose you woke
& found your shadow replaced
by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful
& gone. So you take the knife to the wall
instead. You carve & carve
until a coin of light appears
& you get to look in, at last,
on happiness. The eye
staring back from the other side—
waiting.

-Torso of Air
#poetrychallenge2018

MayJasper I cannot put words to how this makes me feel. But I feel. 14mo
Lindy @MayJasper Trust poetry to express the ineffable. 😊 14mo
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Lindy
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My country. The blue sky. The black
limousine. My one white glove
glistening pink—with all
our American dreams.

-Of Thee I Sing

Reggie Wow. 14mo
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Lindy
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The TV said the planes have hit the buildings.
& I said yes because you asked me
to stay. Maybe we pray on our knees because god only listens when we‘re this close
to the devil.

-from the poem titled for the painting above (Internet image): ‘Untitled (Blue, Green and Brown): oil on canvas: Mark Rothko: 1952‘

TrishB You have reminded me I have this on the pile to read! I shall enjoy I think over the long weekend. 1y
Lindy @TrishB Put on some bulletproof armour first. 1y
TrishB 😁 enjoy is probably not the right word then. 1y
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Lindy @TrishB Yep. It‘s good though. 1y
saresmoore This art is gorgeous. 1y
Lindy @saresmoore you, me and Ocean Vuong… Rothko fans. 🎨 1y
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sakeriver
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Fuck me up

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ReadingEnvy
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Shawn reads poetry and Jenny reads a book Shawn recommended last year. This and more on Reading Envy Podcast 111: Emotional Dipsy Doodles. @shawnmooney https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy111

shawnmooney What a lovely time I had, back again on your wonderful podcast! 😍😍 1y
ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney you are welcome any time! 1y
LeahBergen Awesome! I can‘t wait. ❤️ 1y
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Lindy @readingenvy @shawnmooney Great episode, as always. Besides The Republic of Consciousness, there‘s the Giller Prize, the most lucrative Canadian literary award, that considers both long and short form fiction. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thanks Lindy... I think the RoC is unique because it's all micro or small presses. 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Yes, but you were speculating about separating the short stories into a separate category because it must be hard to judge them together with novels. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy true... and I still think so. I guess the Dylan Thomas prize does it too, the national Book award as well (but I always wonder if it doesn't disadvantage the short story collections as they rarely win.) 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Is it true that they rarely win? I looked at the past 24 years of the Giller and short story collections won 4 times, plus were shortlisted on 5 other years. There are always so many great books, so that seems like a decent representation by short stories. (edited) 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy On the other hand, if I‘m specifically looking for award-winning short story collections, my number 1 source is the Frank O‘Connor Award. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy if it were up to me I'd like both to be categories so both can be recognized! 1y
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VioletBramble
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I'm more than a bit late posting my January poetry selection.
#poetrychallenge2018

Look, my eyes are not your eyes.
You move through me like rain heard from another country.
Yes, you have a country.
Someday, they will find it while searching for lost ships.....

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shawnmooney
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LeahBergen 😮 1y
minkyb Wow... 1y
Suet624 Too much 😩 1y
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shawnmooney
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shawnmooney
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Suet624 !!!! Indeed. 1y
DivineDiana Haunting. 1y
minkyb Vivid. 1y
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shawnmooney
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saresmoore I don‘t even know what to make of this! 1y
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shawnmooney
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Oh my effing God, this poetry!!!

#QuoteOfTheDay

Redwritinghood I loved this one. 💕💕 1y
TrishB This is so high on my next to buy list, the payday one!! 1y
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DannyOlda
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In the body, where everything has a price, / I was a beggar.

DannyOlda Goodness, this is how the book starts. Literally the first pair of lines. Should be good. 1y
shawnmooney I‘m someone who doesn‘t really read poetry, and I‘m halfway through this book, and just devastated by its beauty! 1y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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This is a #new book from a #new (and very young) poet (how dare you have graduated from college after me!! 😆) and it is very very good. Don't take my word for it! Read that review up there! ☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼#30daysofreadathon

vivastory I love Copper Canyon Press 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @vivastory What else have you read of theirs? 2y
vivastory Too many to name. For about 10 years the vast majority of my reading was poetry & they were always a favorite. I highly recommend Dean Young 2y
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vivastory You really can't go wrong with their books 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @vivastory Awesome! Thanks so much! 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Ocean Vuong, telling it like it is. 🙌🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Natasha.C.Barnes
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If I would stop dilly-dallying with too many books and finish one already, I would have #bingo on my #TBRbingo! 😆 I never learn...

WhatDeeReads It's ok. I have a load of started but unfinished books. 2y
kathedron Same here! 2y
RadicalReader @Natasha.C.Barnes books can be an addictive subject especially when graced with free books from the library and the ultimate joy when inter library loans arrive 2y
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kdwinchester
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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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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Jesus, this book is good.

Natasha.C.Barnes I think I need to buy a print copy stat. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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#tfw you're in the middle of 6 books and trying to figure out what you can finish in 1 day so it counts towards your #septemberstats...

SilversReviews Nice list. LOVE Rebecca. 2y
dariazeoli I so feel this 😂 2y
Lcsmcat So true, so true. 2y
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batsy Which one did you go with? 😀 The Ian Reid seems the shortest! It's also on my TBR. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy Haha, yep! I finished that (and, spoiler, hated it, so take from that what you will) and I'm trying to finish The Orphan Master's Son but it's an audiobook so that makes it more difficult... 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @dariazeoli @Lcsmcat I appreciate the solidarity! 😂😭 2y
batsy @Natasha.C.Barnes Oh no! I'm curious about the concept but I can push it further down the TBR now 😁 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy Everyone has different tastes, so I don't want to make any blanket statements, but I know @MinDea agrees with me! 😆 2y
MinDea @batsy, was on my tbr and was really interested in it. Loved the first few chapters, had me hooked, then it just took a turn and I hated it. I read it in one night and honestly was kind of mad I wasted my evening read time on it 🤔😞 Hard to say why without spoiling anything... 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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I'm a sucker for a Greek reference...🍷🌊

(Kudos to anyone who gets the emoji reference!)

Natasha.C.Barnes (I bet @mrsmarch will...) 2y
Lcsmcat "the wine-dark sea" ! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Lcsmcat ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Laalaleighh Wine dark sea. Because once upon a time humans couldn‘t see blue. Best emoji use ever. 2y
batsy Love the emoji reference. It's a line that's endlessly fascinating, about how to see the world the way the ancients did. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Laalaleighh You know, I actually just watched a video about that--turns out that may not be the case. Check this out: https://youtu.be/gMqZR3pqMjg 2y
Laalaleighh Oh my gosh that was fascinating! Thank you for sharing! It‘s almost like things don‘t exist for us until we give them names! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy I know, I love it so much, even if (per the video I posted in these comments) it's due to different color categories and not a poetic flight of fancy. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Laalaleighh Oh I'm glad you liked it! I wish they had talked more about Homer, I want to get to the bottom of this. Even if it is due to different color categories and not poeticism, I'm still obsessed with that line. 2y
Laalaleighh I feel the same way. 2y
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WordWaller
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Got another #bookhaul today! Excited for these and three of them I got on the sale wall! #booksellerproblems

Caryl Goon Squad! ❤️ And I've got Night Sky w/Exit Wounds on my August TBR stack. 😎 2y
HardcoverHearts That Annotated Pride and Prejudice!! 😍 2y
LeahBergen I really need to check out those annotated Austens one day! 2y
Balibee146 Nice haul. I'm reading Goon Squad this month ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Powerful collection of poems by Vuong. I recently listened to him read some of the poems on a podcast and it added to my enjoyment of the collection.

First completed book for #24in48

TrishB Very different to cover I've seen. 2y
Lacythebookworm @TrishB Oh, I'll have to look up the other covers! 2y
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RachelO
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I'm struggling to review this. It's one I'll be reading over and again, and will be different every time.

Here are where his online poems are collected, if you want to dip in to some: http://www.oceanvuong.com/poems

TrishB Very tempted! 2y
RachelO @TrishB Worth doing! (Sorry 😘) 2y
TrishB Lol 😀 sorry not sorry.... 2y
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RachelO
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Untitled (blue, green & brown): oil on canvas, Mark Rothko, 1952 - by Ocean Vuong

https://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-146/untitled-blue-green-brown-oil-canv...

#litsypoetry365 @SharonGoforth

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RachelO
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LeahBergen Wow! 2y
TrishB I think I'm going to get a copy now! 2y
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RachelO @TrishB 😊It's one to take your time with - but worth all the love it's had. 2y
Cinfhen The title alone 💔I'm waiting to hear your thoughts @TrishB but it's definitely getting #stacked 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen eventually 💝 2y
batsy Wow. I really want to read this. But I also feel I need to prepare myself emotionally. 2y
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BookishFeminist
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This poetry collection has a new special place in my heart. Vuong writes incisively about generational trauma, cultural barriers, and sexuality. His imagery leaps off the page to describe his family's history with the Vietnam War and coming to live in the United States. He speaks about being an openly gay Asian man with candor and sensuality. I really dug his poetry style too and the way he broke up stanzas and verses. Worthy of all the praise! 🌌

BookishFeminist UGH this is supposed to be a review not a blurb. It's a solid PICK. 🤘🏼#poetry #authorsofcolor #asianbooks #queerbooks #lgbtbooks #diversebooks (edited) 2y
vivastory You really can't go wrong with Copper Canyon Press 2y
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BookishFeminist
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Vuong's poetry is so beautiful that it hugs you then turns around and punches you in the gut.

IWriteInTheNight Loved the imagery😍 2y
BlueEyedBookLover6 Speechless❤❤ 2y
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Nafiza
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Electric.

#poetry

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CiViiLy
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Stunning. Surreal. Honest. Heartbreaking. Real. Beautiful. Pain. Death. Birth. Love. Lost. Family. Discovery. Onwards.

Read it!

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CiViiLy
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Up next!

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suzanne.literarylife
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Love my poetry box!! #musemonthly

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BooksGirlsCats
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So pleased to see that this fantastic, moving collection is nominated for #lambda literary award! (Gay Poetry category). Here's hoping it wins! #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #diversebooks

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meligrosa
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reading these words slowly and digesting them slowly. beautiful, cringing, poetry.

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LindsayReads
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Nothing says Valentine's Day like a decoupaged rhino and sad Vietnamese poetry! Happy V-Day, Littens!

(Rhino courtesy of my awesome coworker who sees papier mache rhinos and thinks, "Lindsay!")

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BooksGirlsCats
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Happy Early Valentines Day everyone!
To celebrate, here's a joyful line from a heartbreaking poem

#LGBTQ #diversebooks #poetry

bouquinista Oh, I love Ocean Vuong! 💕 2y
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Mixedreader
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Necessary, personal poetry.

Weaponxgirl Ive had my eye on this, it's going on the soon list now 2y
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Spending a cold morning in bed with coffee and poetry.

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"Immigrant Haibun", from night sky with exit wounds.
What a fantastic and heart-breaking book.

Things feel very sad and hard and heavy this week. Poetry helps a bit.

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