Canvas Event Space Sodo
Thurs May 17, 7 pm
Recommended by Rich Smith
He's got his haters, but Ocean Vuong is one of the best lyric poets of his generation. He's one of contemporary poetry's most skilled cinematographers, one of its most sophisticated line breakers, and also one of its best readers. He's a quiet but powerful performer of his work, commanding the room with an intense fragility that never feels saccharine or put on. I'm not often moved to tears at readings, but I turned into a fountain when I heard him read from his award-winning book Night Sky with Exit Wounds a few years ago. Read "Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong" in the New Yorker if you want to know what I'm talking about. Here's my favorite line from that poem: "Don’t be afraid, the gunfire / is only the sound of people / trying to live a little longer / and failing." UGH. Show up early and stick around after the reading for the mixer organized by Copper Canyon Press. I don't know if you've ever been to one of these literary parties at Canvas, which is just the new name for the renovated Western Bridge spot in Sodo, but they are very good. Totally open and unpretentious. And last time I was there, there was a giant gong I could hit when I got a little tipsy.
3412 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 93134