Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
Every few years there comes a poet that becomes the East Coast 'media darling' and Ocean Vuong seems to have taken that role on in the last few years and by no fault of his own. His poetry is interesting but nothing too impressive in my opinion at times it borders on narcissistic ramblings that go nowhere. The reader should take heed the hype doesn't live up to the substance of the book plus the book seems too short and to me there's nothing worth wanting to read again. The true poetry is in the small presses but Copper Canyon continues to disappoint with their last few releases. The underground scene is much more interesting with voices like Laudati and Ben Smith that very few know but stand head and shoulders above the East Coast elitist bias literary scene. 70 pages for basically nothing more than a chapbook at a price that doesn't match in my opinion.