The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the December discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring Night Sky and Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, winner of the 2017 T.S. Elliot Prize. The collection aims straight for the perennial “big”—and very human—subjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. Publisher's Weekly wrote "Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity."
Then, as if breathing, the sea swelled beneath us. If you must know anything, know that the hardest task is to live only once. That a woman on a sinking ship becomes a life raft—no matter how soft her skin. While I slept, he burned his last violin to keep my feet warm. He lay beside me and placed a word on the nape of my neck, where it melted into a bead of whiskey. Gold rust down my back. We had been sailing for months. Salt in our sentences. We had been sailing—but the edge of the world was nowhere in sight.
This is a virtual event over zoom. Advance RSVP to [email protected] is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print or ebook formats.
The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.