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2 books of poetry

The Last Usable HourThe Last Usable Hour by Deborah Landau

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A very urban voice (NYC) talks of desire, memory, and doubt. Often speaking to an otherwise unidentified "someone," these poems speak with yearning, passion, and sometimes desperation. Not as strong as her more recent effort The Uses of the Body, but definitely a strong voice.


Night Sky with Exit WoundsNight Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Vuong, born in Vietnam, now living in the United States, has a playful voice and ear, even as he touches on the most personal and devastating of subjects - love, sex, family, war, memory, grief. His imaginative wordplay gives way to emotional depths and stirring revelations. A truly amazing poetic voice. Highest recommendation.



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