Reviews

  • "Night Sky With Exit Wounds…startled me with its urgency and its relevance. A eerily sure-footed debut."

    Rupert Thomson, Observer, Books of the Year
  • "Vuong writes with a piercing, dreamlike clarity."

    Tristram Fane Saunders, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • "Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition … His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion."

    New Yorker
  • "Ocean Vuong is one of my auto-buy authors. I keep recommending his Night Sky With Exit Wounds to everyone; I can’t shout loud enough about it… I have quite a complicated relationship with what’s considered "classical poetry" but then someone like Ocean Vuong comes along, and he’s doing something so exciting that you can’t help but get caught up in it."

    Sara Collins, Refinery29
  • "The poetry is a conduit for a life in which violence and delicacy collide… I like the fragility, resilience and the sense that the stories that need telling are hardest to tell – a difficulty Ocean Vuong is courageously minded to overcome."

    Kate Kellaway, Observer