Ocean Vuong and the Grieving World

April 4, 2022 | 1 book mentioned

At Time, Ocean Vuong discusses his new poetry collection, Time Is a Mother, which he wrote while mourning his mother, bearing witness to love, loss, and trauma. “I was grieving, the world was grieving, and the only thing I really had was to go back to poems […] All the things I’d written, it was all to try to take care of her,” he says. “I went to school for her, I worked for her—she was the source. When that was taken away, I didn’t have anything else to answer to. And so I finally wrote for myself.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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