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. More About This Poem On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous By Ocean Vuong About this Poet Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). Close. 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. Her chapbook "Imprecise Perishing" was released last month from Finishing Line Press. Dusk: a blade of honey between our shadows, draining. [POEM] On earth we’re briefly gorgeous - Ocean Vuong. Sign up for out Email Newsletter and stay up to date on all current events at the Poetry Center. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Ruminate Magazine, Phoebe, Minerva Rising, Ithaca Lit, and elsewhere. Say you’d kill for it. it cannot keep. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of “On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong. At once marvelous and cruel, there is something godlike about that kind of presence. 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. Poem. Posted by 9 months ago. I was still here once. Switchblade. 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. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis … 228. The revelation of our full-bodied humanity is still offered in poetry since poets are preserving their sacred inheritance. And it is the “not doing” that proves more complex since most of us engage in digital disembodiment. For example, I am in an American coffee shop, but I am “hanging out” with my friend who teaches overseas. I wanted to disappear — so I opened the door to a stranger’s car. When I left, the Buick kept sitting there, a dumb bull in pasture, its eyes searing my shadow onto the side of suburban houses. daylight. 1508 East Helen Street (at Vine Avenue) He was still alive. As a poet and a critic, I am drawn to work that directly engages with god as physical, and more provocatively, as sexual. 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. 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. College of HumanitiesCreative Writing MFAHumanities Seminars. 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. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). White space like a sheet focuses the contours of the poem’s presence. PHONE 520-626-3765 | [email protected] How lovely and unhurried a poem appears, a languid beauty the eye is less likely to rush over. She was a finalist for the 2016 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Prize, the Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, and the New South Poetry Prize. 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. She won the 2015 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize. He was sobbing into his hands (hands that tasted like rust). Archived [POEM] On earth we’re briefly gorgeous - Ocean Vuong. Unbreakable dawn. 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.