Poetry Book Club chats NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS
Loyalty’s poetry book club is a space for sharing with each other about heartfelt beauty and the powers of poetry. Our newest book club will be led by bookseller and poet extraordinaires Sybil & Malik! Come with your curiosity and be ready to to have your joy sparked. This month we'll be discussing Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong. Attendance is free but you'll need to RSVP via Eventbrite get the login info. Please note the link and password will be sent in your confirmation email from Eventbrite!
ABOUT THE BOOK
"The language is painfully, exquisitely exact, the scenes haunting and indelible.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review
Night Sky with Exit Wounds establishes Vuong as a fierce new talent to be reckoned with...This book is a masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence.--Buzzfeed's Most Exciting New Books of 2016
This original, sprightly wordsmith of tumbling pulsing phrases pushes poetry to a new level...A stunning introduction to a young poet who writes with both assurance and vulnerability. Visceral, tender and lyrical, fleet and agile, these poems unflinchingly face the legacies of violence and cultural displacement but they also assume a position of wonder before the world."--2016 Whiting Award citation
Night Sky with Exit Wounds is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power.--LitHub
Vuong's powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity--all with a tremendous humanity.--Slate
"In his impressive debut collection, Vuong writes beauty into--and culls from--individual, familial, and historical traumas. 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."--Publishers Weekly
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--
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Sybil Sycamore is a lover of purple, trees, and unlearning. They are a student of their own somatic wisdom. Sybil will always be starting a new project, so feel free to ask them about it!
Malik Thompson is a Black queer man proud to be from DC. Malik writes poetry and essays, you can read his work at Voicemail Poems and Split This Rock. Malik has facilitated workshops for Split This Rock, Moonlit DC, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can find Malik's thoughts on literature at his instragram account @negroliterati.
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event.