University of Wisconsin Press, 2021


“Joshua Nguyen’s visually astounding collection of poems is as captivating and full of shimmer-wisdom as it gets. The word ardent is from ardere—which means to burn—and that is precisely what I mean when I say I ardently admire this book, for it showcases an absurdly imaginative ear and heart while it “… slithers up the chopsticks towards blue oxygen. Past the empty bowl, it dives its head in a nearby delta to close again, underwater.” COME CLEAN is an unflinching and soaring look at how one tries to make order and sense of the messy dazzlement of life. Joshua Nguyen burns brightly as one of the strongest poetic debuts you’ll ever come across this decade.” -- Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Come Clean by Joshua Nguyen

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