He was still alive. PHONE 520-626-3765 | email@example.com. She is most drawn in by poems that explore the exuberance and exhaustion of the body, gendered desire, and the complex interplay of faith, reason, and technology. And it is the “not doing” that proves more complex since most of us engage in digital disembodiment. Poem. The Vietnam War, which began in November of 1955 and lasted until the Fall of Saigon in April of 1975, involved the countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Ocean Vuong’s poem “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a single, stunning poem in a tender collection that both asks and answers his own question: Don’t we touch each other just to prove we are still here? How fitting, then, that in an age of increasing digitalization and dematerialization poetry remains in love with the body, or at least aware that inhabiting our flesh well is fundamental to preserving our obligation to one another as more than amino acids captured on camera and streamed screen to screen. Her chapbook "Imprecise Perishing" was released last month from Finishing Line Press. There is visceral revelation here, which is to say spiritual revelation. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Potent in every meaningful act of connection is the possibility of coming to discern what, until then, remained indiscernible to you about yourself and another. Archived [POEM] On earth we’re briefly gorgeous - Ocean Vuong. The revelation of our full-bodied humanity is still offered in poetry since poets are preserving their sacred inheritance. A poem lays itself down on the page unlike prose. For hunger is to give the body what it knows. He was divorced. We daydream of kissing God with our own mouths, and then we imagine lying down inside of him, and we are taken in as worms into coral and covered by presence. Poetry’s oral history keeps it close to our physical forms, for words that begin in air and take shape in our mouths are passed from one person to the next like an embrace. On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous By Ocean Vuong On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Ruminate Magazine, Phoebe, Minerva Rising, Ithaca Lit, and elsewhere. Close. daylight. White space like a sheet focuses the contours of the poem’s presence. She won the 2015 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize. Poetry is my daily reminder that embodiment is not the soul’s afterthought, and that, when we meet another in the sheets of books or beds, we are called to take seriously the task of reminding each other we exist in the loving limits of non-digital space. For example, I am in an American coffee shop, but I am “hanging out” with my friend who teaches overseas. The moon, distant & flickering, trapped itself in beads of sweat on my neck. Sign up for out Email Newsletter and stay up to date on all current events at the Poetry Center. [POEM] On earth we’re briefly gorgeous - Ocean Vuong. 1508 East Helen Street (at Vine Avenue) College of HumanitiesCreative Writing MFAHumanities Seminars. While I am grateful our presence sails through the sea of ones and zeros to one another, I am also frustrated by an absence made more keenly felt by experiencing my friend as both near and not near. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of “On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong. Unbreakable dawn. Don’t we touch each other just to prove we are still here? Posted by 9 months ago. As a poet and a critic, I am drawn to work that directly engages with god as physical, and more provocatively, as sexual. And spiritual revelation, like sex kept holy through the intimacy of deep friendship, is personal and subjective. If there is an objective truth, it is only that such a moment – the reading of a poem’s body or a lover’s body – can offer a powerful, inner shift in the lives of the participants. At once marvelous and cruel, there is something godlike about that kind of presence. Tucson, AZ 85721-0510 • MAP IT In the shower, sweating under cold water, I scrubbed & scrubbed. In a 2013 interview with Edward J. Rathke, Vuong discussed the relationship between... I’ll tell you how we’re wrong enough to be forgiven. 228. And so I learned that a man, in climax, was the closest thing. Say surrender. While the question is specific to his work, it is also, importantly, a question created by a culture that feels increasingly anxious about what people do or not do in their bodies. Poetry is incarnational. She was a finalist for the 2016 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Prize, the Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, and the New South Poetry Prize. Tell me it was for the hunger & nothing less. She is fascinated by work that addresses ways we touch one another’s bodies in a progressively immaterial world directed by machines and how such an act helps us remain more human. Dusk: a blade of honey between our shadows, draining. In his poems, he often explores transformation, desire, and violent loss. He was sobbing into his hands (hands that tasted like rust). Poets seek and sing of divine fragments scattered over a world that has forgotten how to notice, which is another word for love. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis … In the life before this one, you could tell. Poem. Say alabaster. How I wanted to be that sky — to hold every flying & falling at once. it cannot keep. In On Earth we’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong explores the lasting effects of the Vietnam War on his family.He specifically mentions the Tet Offensive, a North Vietnamese attack on South Vietnam in 1968. When I left, the Buick kept sitting there, a dumb bull in pasture, its eyes searing my shadow onto the side of suburban houses. Each month, Alexandra Barylski will offer a post on a single poem or a poet whose work draws attention to our embodied selves. I wanted to disappear — so I opened the door to a stranger’s car. Ocean Vuong’s poem “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a single, stunning poem in a tender collection that both asks and answers his own question: Don’t we touch each other just to prove we are still here? Even the deities know it, so in stories they come to us as something a little less scorching, something infinitely more touchable once made finite: human. Say you’d kill for it. I let the fog spill through the cracked window & cover my fangs. How one night, after, mother, then taking a chainsaw to the kitchen table, my father went to kneel. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Ocean Vuong’s poem “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a single, stunning poem in a tender collection that both asks and answers his own question: Poets seek and sing of divine fragments scattered over a world that has forgotten how to, Ruth Stephan & Myrtle Walgreen Collection, LaVerne Harrell Clark Photographic Collection. The collection evolved out of her experience living with chronic Lyme and explores the renegotiations of identity, relationships, and faith that arise when the body is in a state of dis-ease. So yes, touch is how we prove to one another we are still here, though not only “here” but distinctly human, which is to say divine and worthy. In his poems, he often explores transformation, desire, and violent loss. I was still here once. Alexandra Barylski is a poet, a senior editor at Marginalia Review of Books, and an educational consultant. The first poem in Mark Jarman’s “Five Psalms” remains a favorite in my personal cannon of god’s erotic body: The image of embrace is at once sensual and strange, both transgressive and traditional (he riffs "Song of Songs"). How lovely and unhurried a poem appears, a languid beauty the eye is less likely to rush over. The temptation to skim poetry as one might prose is often absent; the body of text invites the reader to slow down and stay, expressing a tangible grace from elsewhere.
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