Image by Matt Huynh/Matt Huynh, © All Rights Reserved. And of course, she couldn’t understand the English, but her reaction to you. Tippett: I’m Krista Tippett, and this is On Being. Bodies that look like me. It’s fluff. So I thought — by the time I was in college, I was like, I gotta figure this out. And I really have been — it changed the way I thought about writing and literature, in that if we have the fire escape as a reality in our buildings, what does it look like in the reality of our communication, in our language? It is distributed to public radio stations by PRX. And never before have I seen a parallel close enough to the story of my own mother, who comes out of her own epicenter, and I’m, being her son, also my own Beloved. Tippett: I mean, even you, as a poet, have said people will say to you, “You’re killing it.”. Sure.”. We’re standing on stolen ground. There was no standardized spelling. Vuong: Three cups of rice for that photo. Fade away.”. So, along those lines, I was interested to know about some of the body practices that you do. And that coarsens us. Even the Library of Alexandria, people read aloud in it. On Being is an independent production of The On Being Project. And when you ask, why is it this way, why is this the standard, you arrive at a very arbitrary answer, and an answer which actually excludes, often, people of color. More stunning is how exquisitely Ocean Vuong spoke on that day to the world we have now entered — its heartbreak, its poetry, and its possibilities of both destroying and saving. None of us would have guessed that within a handful of days such an event would... – Lyssna på Ocean Vuong — A Life Worthy of Our Breath av On Being with Krista Tippett direkt i din mobil, surfplatta eller webbläsare - utan app. The podcast has been played/downloaded more than 200 million times. Tippett: And that you perform this Zen Buddhist death meditation? Oh, I didn’t mention that you’re a MacArthur genius. He was trying to escape his domineering father, who didn’t allow him to go to music school. Ocean Vuong (born Vương Quốc Vinh, [1] Vietnamese: [vɨəŋ˧ kuək˧˥ viɲ˧]; October 14, 1988) is a Vietnamese American poet, essayist and novelist. I could be saying anything, but if my tone changes, my little dog, Tofu …. Eliot Prize for his poetry. Ocean Vuongis an assistant professor of English in the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They want to make something. And it was a reckoning, I think, existentially, with myself as an artist. Find out more at humanityunited.org, part of the Omidyar Group. And so — and I’m so glad that I got to see the embodiment of your language. There also is some preparatory practices that come with that responsibility, and I was wondering if you could share any thoughts on that. So for me this conversation feels like a last memory before the world shifted on its axis. He is the author of the poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which won the T.S. Vuong: You don’t wake up one morning and start reading books. There was no mythical presence to it; it was almost like this abracadabra that we did before we stepped out of the house, into the rest of the world and, thereby, the rest of America. This English is right.” But, in fact, language is always changing. This is not cocktail conversation,” what have you. But I don’t think energy dies. And right out of the gate, in the early morning, I saw her and watched her kneel at the pedicure chair before one old, white woman after another. And I think the second generation, the great conundrum there, the great paradox, is that they want to be seen. Again, it’s embodied practice. The On Being Project is located on Dakota land. “Your English is wrong. And they labeled one mouse the smart, intelligent mouse. Eliot Prize and the Whiting Award; and a novel,  On Earth We’re …

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