A Midwest Asian-American poet beautifully captures the queer American experience. This bruising collection of poems puts a blade and a microscope to nostalgia, tradition, race, apology, and sexuality, in order to find beauty in a flawed world. His work has been described as an astounding testament to the power and necessity of confession.
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- I cannot recall if my favourite of his poems was in this collection, but it is on Button Poetry, it is called Southbound, and I highly recommend for everyone to check it out.This is a collection, mostly targeting, the queer experience in America, which is something I am not familiar with, but there are many other triggering materials, such as molestation, sexual repression, and parent's acceptance of child's sexuality, so beware of those before d...
- Powerful poems exposing the author's most vulnerable points. Nguyen succeeds in portraying his sexual experiences with strangers as wholly intimate but also deeply sad and a fact of queer male life. Still mulling over the ways that he so successfully made something so beautiful, close, and so sad. Can't wait to read more from this author.
- My first exposure to Hieu Minh Nguyen was a little over a year ago at an open mic, where he was the featured reader. Hearing him read his poems was like getting punched in the stomach, in the very best possible way. I cried a lot that night, because his poetry was so powerful and some of his words resonated with me on such a deep and painful level. Not surprisingly, my experience of finally reading his book was very much the same! These poems (se...
- This work surprised me, in the best possible way!I thought the "sugar" would be a far sweeter approach, but not at all!
- 3.5ish/4ishI enjoyed this collection more than I thought I would. It was raw and honest and beautiful without trying too hard.
- Nguyen is a poet touching on an abusive past, bullying and survival. Some of his poems are very deep and you feel his pain, but cheer his survival.Favorites: -Tater Tot Hotdish-Hieu/Huey-The Hand That Fed-Choke -Stubborn Inheritance
- Damn, this book is amazing! There's a good deal of difficult stuff in here, often heartbreaking, but Nguyen never shies away. It always feels honest and raw, come what may, and that's probably what I like best about it. Some of the most hard-hitting poems I've read in a while-- really moving.
- I don't know if I agree with the description of this book. This Way to the Sugar captures a very distinct facet of the queer American experience, not the whole, but I don't think it suffers for it. Regarding structure, Hieu M. Nguyen has a genuinely enviable knack for meter and rhythm. These poems were a pleasure to read, as they all seem to be expertly assembled. I read the whole book in one go and somehow managed to leave feeling both fulfilled...
- Even the grumpiest, most narrow-minded person, would have trouble not falling in deep empathy with Hieu Nguyen's graphic, intimate confessions. This poetry book explores about Hieu Nguyen varying identities, as a child of immigrants, as a Vietnamese-American, as a gay male, as a fat male, as a victim of sexual abuse... Hieu Nguyen's identity is complex. There was a risk that this much honesty, would make it too human. Too real to empathize with (...
- So much of this slim collection of poems by Nguyen captivated me - his reflections on cultural identity/assimilation, sexuality, fraught relationships with family. He truly has a gift for pairing strong images with emotionally resonant themes.
- It took my mother eight years to accept me for being gay. For eight years I sat and watched my house burn. I watched her save the baby photos but leave the baby—I know I should be grateful that she came around at all. That she forgave me.
- Hieu Minh Nguyen poems illuminate growing up gay as Vietnamese in Minnesota and touch on family, sexual abuse, abandonment and death.
- Hieu is unreal.
- Amazing, powerful, moving read! Like an addicting novel, I couldn't put it down.
- A raw, beautiful collection that builds on itself. "Stubborn Inheritance" was one of my favorites.
- Everything I wish I could express in poetry but can't and other things I have never experienced but deeply impact me because of Nguyen's writing