For each day of National Poetry Month one of our fellows will explore the breadth of poetry in three ways: through a question from another fellow, through a poem and through a writing prompt, #writetoday.
Editor’s Note: For today’s post, Kundiman Fellow Paul Tran discusses details of his experience with child abuse and sexual assault. A video of his performance above also includes a a poetic address of those issues.
Roger Bonair-Agard record Ocean Vuong’s ‘Homewrecker’ from the collection ‘No’ from YesYes Books
Ocean Vuong is a Vietnamese American poet who spent his teenage years in Hartford, CT. He is, even as a man still in mis mid-twenties, preternaturally wise. If my grandfather were gay and Asian, he’d be Ocean Vuong. His poems are amongst other things, patient, and always willing to step off the ledge with complete confidence that the air will hold them. Get down with this poem. Seek out his book.