Hieu Minh Nguyen’s This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014).
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This Way To the Sugar explodes with a longing to hold the past and future, make them dance and give birth to Hieu Minh Nguyen, who the whole time has been spinning each line into impossible being. These are gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, death-defying poems filled with brilliant bursts of gusto that will clear out your “house…infested with subtitles.”
—-Ed Bok Lee, author of Whorled and Real Karaoke People
You owe it to yourself to read this book. That may sound exaggerated, but it is my hallowed truth: Hieu Minh Nguyen’s poetry reminds me why I began writing and why I love this genre. His work is crisp and brave and incredibly alive. Each poem will thump inside you like a new heart.
—Sierra DeMulder, author of New Shoes on a Dead Horse and The Bones Below
“I won’t tell you how I survived the wreckage,” Hieu Minh Nguyen writes in his stunning debut collection, This Way to the Sugar. The book is a visceral survey of the ruins, scanning the violence enacted through race and heritage, sexuality and homophobia. If it’s unclear how Nguyen survived the wreckage, at least we know why: beauty, Eros, the body. “I am typing with my tongue / I am so hard,” the poet taunts, declaring, “I have built myself / a safer body,” laying bare the sweet physicality of speech.
—Michael Mlekoday, author of The Dead Eat Everything
Hieu’s book should be required reading. He is patient with his ghosts, letting each sing its song of broken glass and burning houses and bathroom rugs as band aids for black mold. I can’t imagine life without these poems. Thank you Hieu.
—Bao Phi, author of Sông I Sing