Title: Night Sky With Exit Wounds
Author: Ocean Vuong
About the book: It’s an anthology of poems. I received a copy from the lovely folks at Publishers Group Canada.
First impressions: I read more prose than I do poetry, so I was excited to expand my horizons. To begin with, I love the title. I think it captures the essence of the collection. I especially enjoyed the poems at the beginning.
“Everyone can forget us—as long as you remember.”
Writing: The writing is elegant but accessible. If you love enjambment, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of imagery as well. Vuong plays with a variety of forms and styles.
I wish the anthology was longer because it’s quite short. That said, reading this collection has inspired me to experiment more with my own poetry. Vuong addresses real, serious issues in an honest way. He writes about family, love, war, etc. The subject matter for some pieces are a bit more mature though.
Final thoughts: I highly recommend Night Sky With Exit Wounds even if you don’t read much poetry.