Prac Crit

Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong is the author of the poetry collections Night Sky With Exit Wounds (2016) and the chapbooks No (2013) and Burnings (2010). In 2014, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He received a Whiting Award in 2016.

Daily Bread

Cú Chi, Vietnam / / / Red is only black remembering. / Early dark & the baker wakes / to press what’s left of the year / into flour & water. Or rather, / he’s reshaping the curve of her pale calf / atmosphered by a landmine left over / from the war he can’t recall. A fistful / of hay & the oven scarlets. Alfafa. / Forsythia. Foxglove. Bubbling / dough. When it’s done, he’ll tear open / the yeasty steam only to find / his palms – the same / as when he was young....

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