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Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen
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In his new collection Not Here, poet Hieu Minh Nguyen writes “there are countless ways / to justify company. Hunger, overdue balance, whatever.” Here’s how to justify your company with this book: it’s terrific and heartbreaking poetry, a thrill to read. The book’s speaker grieves, desires, cries, and develops a difficult truce with his disproving mother. The son-of-immigrants queer identity is a cause of siege (“the problem / with history / somewhere somewhere someone wants you / gone”) yet the book finds a well-earned hope as it nears its beautiful conclusion. Spanning a full range of feeling, and told in immediate and commanding language, Not Here is a must-read.
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Reading Progress

February 5, 2018 – Started Reading
February 5, 2018 – Shelved
February 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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