This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen

This Way to the Sugar

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.

Details This Way to the Sugar

TitleThis Way to the Sugar
Release DateApr 1st, 2014
PublisherWrite Bloody Publishing
Number of pages75 pages
GenrePoetry, Glbt, Queer

Reviews This Way to the Sugar

  • Liz Janet
    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...
  • Will
    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.
  • Lin
    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...
  • Stephen
    This work surprised me, in the best possible way!I thought the "sugar" would be a far sweeter approach, but not at all!
  • Emily Skye
    3.5ish/4ishI enjoyed this collection more than I thought I would. It was raw and honest and beautiful without trying too hard.
  • Donald Armfield
    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
  • mis fit
    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.
  • June
    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...
  • NK Layne
    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 (...
  • Regina
    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.
  • Diep
    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.
  • willowdog
    Hieu Minh Nguyen poems illuminate growing up gay as Vietnamese in Minnesota and touch on family, sexual abuse, abandonment and death.
  • Rachel Coyne
  • Jodie
    Hieu is unreal.
  • Meg Eden
    Amazing, powerful, moving read! Like an addicting novel, I couldn't put it down.
  • C.E. G
    A raw, beautiful collection that builds on itself. "Stubborn Inheritance" was one of my favorites.
  • Äilsa Sachdev
    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