June 17, 2017 – Ocean Vuong

A Poet's Life

June 17, 2017 – Ocean Vuong

This book is a nice little gem I found in a used bookstore called Haslam’s in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was not al all familiar with this poet but wanted to venture into books written by people raised in other cultures. His words are sparse, lyrical, deep and intense, light and airy, it’s really a wonderful experience traversing through this book.

 

Day 16: NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torso of Air
 
Suppose you do change your life
& the body is more than
 
a portion of night–sealed
with bruises. 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.
 
 
Stay Tuned…#365daysoftransformation