"I was born because someone was starving..." ends one of Ocean Vuong's poems, and in that poem, as in every other of his poems, Ocean manages to imbue the desperation of his being alive, with a savage beauty. It is not just that Ocean can render pain as a kind of loveliness, but that his poetic line will not let you forget the hurt or the garish brilliance of your triumph; will not let you look away. These poems shatter us detail by detail because Ocean leaves nothing unturned, because every lived thing in his poems demands to be fed by you; to nourish you in turn. You will not leave these poems dissatisfied. They will fill you utterly."
-Roger Bonair-Agard, author ofTarnish and Masquerade
"Ocean Vuong's masterful poetry is something any literary enthusiast should experience. His poems share a worldly sadness that paradoxically recalls the joyful magic that can spring forth unexpectedly in life. Vuong's words hold inside them a wisdom that speaks across and through generations of people who have suffered and then go on to persevere. Burnings is definitely for any reader who is looking to come in from out of the cold." -The Lantern Review
"Ocean Vuong is a poet of rare lyrical gifts and urgent stories to tell. "Memory," he writes, "has not forgotten you." No, it hasn't forgotten the burning city or the taste of blood nor the hanging of rags or the violence of war. Vuong's poems are testament to the enduring power of poetry and its place in this human universe." -Hoa Nguyen, author of Hectate Lochia and Kiss A Bomb Tattoo