Author(s): Vuong, Ocean,
Date of Publication: 04/04/2017,
Pagination: 96 pages,
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd,
Published By: Random House Children's Publishers UK,
Book Classification: Poetry by individual poets
Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize.
An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sky with Exit Wounds is a book of poetry unlike any other.
Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects - love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire - and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention: '...the chief of police/facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola./A palm-sized photo of his father soaking/beside his left ear.'
This is an unusual, important book: both gentle and visceral, vulnerable and assured, and its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years.