Reviews

Book Review: Salted Plums by Alison Hồng Nguyễn Lihalakha

Alison Hồng Nguyễn Lihalakha’s Salted Plums holds up a mirror to the experience of Vietnamese people whose diaspora took a detour away from the common direct route to California. 

Book Review: Dream of Me as Water by David Ly

Reading Dream of Me as Water by David Ly is like falling down a rabbit hole and discovering vibrant color and vivid imagination in the depths. An almost Alice in Wonderland-like experience, the book opens the way a drop of ink blooms in water: centered, before it spreads out. From there, Ly takes us from dreamscape to dreamscape, each poem subtly suspending reality at the same time it is very much grounded in it.

Book Review: Chinatown

Chinatown is humorous, critical, and surprisingly tender in its most powerful moments.

Book Review: Fish Carcass by Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao’s Fish Carcass is a dynamic investigation of queerness, the body, and identity as told through bold and experimental poetic matter. I...

Book Review: Experiments in Skin

In her latest book, Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam, New York University professor Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu sheds light on the toxic legacy of Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War by theorizing around skin.

Book Review: Come Clean by Joshua Nguyen

In his debut poetry collection, Come Clean, Joshua Nguyen isn’t afraid to get messy, inviting us into a space that has memory strewn all...