/ My mother said that I could be anything / I wanted -- but I chose to live. About. Ocean Vuong. Ocean Vuong’s father did not die on the shores of Vietnam. / On the stoop of an old The Poems. Resources. ocean vuong shared a photo on Instagram: “last night my mother left her body after a beautiful fight through cancer, at age 51. born in war…” • See 149 photos and videos on their profile. The Poems. The absent father looms, sometimes malevolent, sometimes kind, almost always violent. Appearances. Contact. Ocean Vuong On His Debut Novel 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, written as a letter from a son to his immigrant mother who cannot read, aims "to speak to a … The moment we were all waiting for arrived when as the festival came to a close with Ocean Vuong’s reading from his debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. About. More. More “ Vuong is a mightily gifted observer... moving and rarely less than excellent. The Novel. Appearances. Contact. POEMS. ” “ Vuong writes with a clear beauty and insistence unlike any other writer working today. ocean vuong As a Vietnamese immigrant raised by an illiterate mother in the housing projects of Hartford, Connecticut, Ocean Vuong is not someone who would seem to fit easily into the American poetic tradition, yet it is exactly his outsider perspective that has both encouraged and abetted his acceptance on the literary scene. He was imprisoned soon after the family’s arrival in the US in 1990 for beating Ocean Vuong’s mother. Brooklyn's too cold tonight / & all my friends are three years away. Resources. The Novel. Ocean Vuong. ” "Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanantly stunning. His gift to his son in “Always & Forever” is a Colt .45 for when you need me most.