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Ocean Vuong

To keep& be kept.                        The way a field                       turns its secrets into peonies.                        The way light                       keeps its shadow by swallowing it. — Ocean Vuong, from “Into the Breach.” Boston Review: Poet Sampler, September 08, 2014

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American Literature · Asian-American Culture · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · Online Anthology · Online Magazine · Passage · Periodical · Poetry

Ocean Vuong

 Say surrender. Say alabaster. Switchblade.             Honeysuckle. Goldenrod. Say autumn. Say autumn despite the green             in your eyes. Beauty despite daylight. Say you’d kill for it. Unbreakable dawn             mounting in your throat. My thrashing beneath you             like a sparrow stunned with falling. —  Ocean Vuong, from “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” Poetry… Continue reading Ocean Vuong

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