Time Is a Mother – Ocean Vuong
Barddoniaeth newydd o Ocean Vuong, awdur y nofel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, wrth iddo delio gyda marwolaeth ei fam.
Ocean Vuong yw awdur y casgliad o farddoniaeth Night Sky With Exit Wounds a’r nofel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Cafodd canmoliaeth feirniadol am Night Sky With Exit Wounds ac enillodd y Whiting Award yn 2016, y T. S. Eliot Prize yn 2017 a chymrawd McArthur yn 2019.
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 epicentre 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.