Review of Violet Energy Ingots at Full Stop

“In considering what composes Nguyen’s poetic disturbances, I find myself returning to the collection’s title and read these poems as a series of ingots. An ingot is a mass of metal cast into a shape easy for storage and further …

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Review of Violet Energy Ingots on diaCRITICS by Eric Nguyen

“In such a light, the project of Violet Energy Ingots seems to be not how to reconcile one’s personal life with the history of oppression, but how to own up to both the oppressions we’ve experienced and to the oppressions …

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Review of Nguyen’s Violet Energy Ingots on Full Stop

“In considering what composes Nguyen’s poetic disturbances, I find myself returning to the collection’s title and read these poems as a series of ingots. An ingot is a mass of metal cast into a shape easy for storage and further …

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VEI in the New York Times

Violet Energy Ingots reviewed in the NYT with Etel Adnan, Peter Boyle, and Michael Palmer.

 

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Review of Violet Energy Ingots on Boston Review

Unknown“These are deeply personal, domestic poems, caught up in household activities, the nuances of partnership and parenthood, changing weather, and the day-to-day turbulences that make up the real terrain of our emotional lives: frustration with loved ones, appreciation for our …

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Review of Violet Energy Ingots on Canthius

UnknownLike a film with short takes and fast cuts, her use of line is awake, pared down to the essential, as if to leave what is no longer of service. Nguyen’s open form breaks borders between poems, leaving them …

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Cleaver Magazine Reviews RED JUICE

“Perhaps the oddest thing about these personal references is their failure to become sentimental or excessively self-centered, a product of the fact that each of Nguyen’s poems has so much going on—family, ancient history, contemporary reference, cut-up deconstruction, dangling phrases, …

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A Honey Gun, Anyone: Review of Red Juice on DIAGRAM

“A Honey Gun, Anyone Ugh, Ya Neon Hug arranges our worldly objects, and unlike the poetic adoration of Joseph Cornell’s soft and contagious organization, Hoa Nguyen gives our objects (Walgreens, kitchen rugs, nail polish, the Super Bowls, etc.) a bite …

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Review of Red Juice in Mary Journal

“Nguyen’s poems always hold an undercurrent of the ignitable—and often, it seems, they do ignite and light up the spaces the phrases carry across the page.”

—Abbigail Baldys on *Red Juice* here.

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The Critical Flame Reviews Red Juice

“Situating linguistic construction within a recognizable geo-political space, Nguyen accepts both the skepticism of uncreative writing and the need for marginalized identities to find voice in a politicized context. Red Juice explores not the validity of the lyric self, but …

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