An April Read This Next! Book
Nothing short of beautiful. Fresh feeling poems populated with violence, the roadside, love, and what endures. Where war and tragedy and trauma persists, so do the bold spirit in each of these poems, unafraid to look back be tender. What I found most compelling in Time Is a Mother was the rhythm, dilating and breathing one moment, rapid and pulsing the next, capturing the flow of relative time the way only a voice like Vuong’s can.
Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong, (List Price: $24, Penguin Press, 9780593300237, April 2022)
Reviewed by Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia