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I Remember Happiness

“I remember listening in the dark, her words turning the walls into a field, blurred and blue with rain. Then the gunshots. Gunshots across the street and grandmother waking up gasping for air, clawing at my legs. I remember happiness: sitting in grandmother’s lap by the window, waiting for morning. Feeling her heartbeat on my back. The snow growing bluer and bluer in the parking lot outside.”
Ocean Vuong, “I Remember Anyway”

First released artwork from a forthcoming picture book illustrated by Jess X. Chen, based on an essay by Vietnamese-American poet, Ocean Vuong. The essay, published in Guernica Magazine, chronicles his experiences of growing up as a Vietnamese refugee in America. You can read it here.

 

 



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