Ocean Vuong


In 'Time is a Mother,' poet Ocean Vuong reflects on life, and time, without his mom

Time is a Mother, Ocean Vuong's latest poetry collection, can be read holistically as a paradox, zen koan, or the poetic equivalent of a Möbius strip. Time, normally associated with death and erasure, embodied in the image of the Greek god Kronos devouring his young, is transformed by the poet into a mother with endlessly regenerative power.
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Poet Ocean Vuong sifts through the aftershock of grief in 'Time Is a Mother'

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Our guest today, Ocean Vuong, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," based on his own experiences growing up in Connecticut, marginalized as a Vietnamese immigrant, poor and gay. The book became a bestseller in 2019, the year he also received a MacArthur grant, also known as the Genius Grant, and the year his mother died. He has a new collection of poems related to her death called "Time Is A Mother." He spoke with our guest, interviewer Tonya Mosley. Here's Tonya.
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Award-winning poet and author Ocean Vuong visits Centre as Humana/Doherty library speaker

Award-winning poet and author Ocean Vuong will serve as this year’s Humana/Doherty Library Series guest speaker. Vuong will read from his critically acclaimed novel, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” during a convocation on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Newlin Hall. The reading will be followed by a conversation with the author, when he will discuss the writing process, influences and themes inherent in the ground-breaking novel.