Ghost Of

Ghost Of

by Diana Khoi Nguyen


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Ghost Of is a mourning song, not an exorcism or un-haunting of that which haunts, but attuned attention, unidirectional reaching across time, space, and distance to reach loved ones, ancestors, and strangers. By working with, in, and around the photographs that her brother left behind (from which he cut himself out before his death), Nguyen wrestles with what remains: memory, physical voids, and her family captured around an empty space.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632430526
Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Omnidawn Open Series
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 158,511
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Born in Los Angeles, DIANA KHOI NGUYEN is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. A winner of the 92Y's Discovery / Boston Review 2017 Poetry Contest, she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.

Table of Contents

A Bird in Chile, and Elsewhere 13


Overture 17

Triptych 19

I Keep Getting Things Wrong 22

A Necessary Death in Broad Daylight 25

Gyotaku 26

As from the Corpse, No Door 28

Gyotaku 29

Family Ties 31

The Exodus 32

Triptych 35


The Birdhouse in the Jungle 41

Triptych 42

Grief Logic 45

Gyotaku 46

A Woman May Not Be a Safe Place 48

Triptych 49

Gyotaku 52

An Empty House Is a Debt 54


Ghost Of 61

Gyotaku 64

Time Is Filled with Beginners 66

Future Self 67

The Dictator 70

Reprise 72

Coda 74

Triptych 75

Acknowledgments 81

Notes 83

What People are Saying About This

Terrance Hayes

“Ghost Of is nothing short of an extraordinary debut. These poems are uncanny renderings of an invisibility made visible by the sheer will of candor, bemused forms, agility of lexicon, and a voice, almost noiselessly extravagant. What she gives us, she takes away; nearly impossible transformations transform. “Something keeps not happening” she writes. And then she causes it to happen in a language of grief—bold and often colder than most daring, exquisite acts.”

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