Every time I open Ocean Vuong’s Time Is a Mother, that Sam & Dave lyric ‘Hold on, I’m comin’!’, pops into my head. Is it ars poetica? Hold on: language, arranged in a holding way, might help us manage loss, though no hold will forestall it. I’m coming: the radical presence of the poetic speaker, whose ecstatic ‘now’ of speech exists in strange tension with the past, a thing los ... (read more)
Lucy Van is a poetry critic and literary reviewer, with recent work appearing in Southerly, Cordite and Mascara. She is also on the editorial board for Peril: Asian Australian Arts and Culture Magazine, and has edited poetry and reviews for a number of Australian publications. She teaches at the University of Melbourne.