• Time Is a Mother

  • By: Ocean Vuong
  • Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong

How else do we return to ourselves but to fold

The page so it points to the good part 

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.

©2022 Ocean Vuong (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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Featured Article: On the Other Side of Grief with Ocean Vuong

In his latest poetry collection, Ocean Vuong gives language to the most universally human experience: grief. We understand the feeling, but in order for us to wrap our heads around it, the definition must be somewhat malleable. Grief can be whatever you need it to be. It’s helpful to think of grief as a longing for the moments and experiences that could have been and all the things left unsaid. We’ve all had something to grieve—and ironically enough, the thing that could return the feeling of connection we need is grief itself.

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I really appreciate this artist I have never witnessed poetry in the way this artist brings it to us and again I say artist this truly has been a blessing to me to be able to leave myself but remain in place It's like reading a book in high speed but at the same time talking slow wonderful journey thank you OCEAN VUONG