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Ocean Vuong

O minutehand, teach me how to hold [her] the way thirst holds water. Let every river envy our mouths. Let every kiss hit the body like a season. Where apples thunder the earth with red hooves. — Ocean Vuong, from “A Little Closer to the Edge,” Poetry ( April 2016)

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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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Ocean Vuong

Eurydice It’s more like the sound a doe makes when the arrowhead replaces the day with an answer to the rib’s hollowed hum. We saw it coming but kept walking through the hole in the garden. Because the leaves were bright green & the fire only a pink brushstroke in the distance. It’s not about… Continue reading Ocean Vuong

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