There are as many ways to excite in poetry as there are words. No subject is wrong and no syntax is sin. I am drawn to poems that risk their own collpase in the hopes of asking the difficult, deeper question. Poems where the only hero is language itself.
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Academy of American Poets, The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, Poets House, and a 2014 Pushcart Prize. His poems appear in Best New Poets, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, Tri-Quarterly, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. He lives in New York City.