. The treetops glisten and children listen, the chief of policeface down in a pool of Coca-Cola.A palm-sized photo of his father soakingbeside his left ear. A bicycle hurledthrough a store window. Aubade with Burning City. In a 2013 interview with Edward J. Rathke, Vuong discussed the relationship between... South Vietnam, April 29, 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of Saigon. Eliot Prize and the Whiting Award; and a novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). South Vietnam, April 29, 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of Saigon. When the dust rises, a black dog, On the nightstand, a sprig of magnolia expands like a secret heard. . Urban Exploration in the February 2014 Poetry. South Vietnam, April 29, 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of … A single candle.Their shadows: two wicks. Published with permission of the publisher, "Soe Nay Lynn", "Vignette" "Pay Pay* at Phoe Htoo Teashop" & "The sky and its two stars", The latest in verse from around the Mekong region. Snow shredded. May your days be merry and bright . May your days be merry and bright. Snow shreddedwith gunfire. Ocean Vuong is an assistant professor of English in the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. something neither of them can hear. Milkflower petals in the street like pieces of a … Snow scraping against the window. Multi Media Project - Aubade With Burning City by Ocean Vuong. The bed a field of ice. The hotel rocksbeneath them. Aubade with Burning City South Vietnam, 29 April 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of Saigon. She is sayingsomething neither of them can hear. His collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds won the 2017 TS Eliot prizeMore from Mekong ReviewPoetry"Soe Nay Lynn", "Vignette" "Pay Pay* at Phoe Htoo Teashop" & "The sky and its two stars"PoetryThe latest in verse from around the Mekong regionPoetryThe latest in verse from around the Mekong regionTags: Ocean Vuong, Poetry, From Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Copper Canyon Press, out in April 2016. He was a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. Milkflower petals in the streetlike pieces of a girl’s dress. Aubade with Burning City South Vietnam , April 29, #975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin's" White Christmas " as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of Saigon. Its hind legscrushed into the shineof a white Christmas. Milkflower petals on the street like pieces of a girl's dress. The poem follows all of the death, destruction, and chaos that evolved in Saigon on April 29, 1975, when the American military evacuated civilians and Vietnamese refugees from the city by helicopter, leaving the … The song moving through the city like a widow. A military truck speeds through the intersection, the sound of children, through a store window. ". Aubade with burning city South Vietnam, April 29, 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of … The radio saying run run run.Milkflower petals on a black doglike pieces of a girl’s dress. South Vietnam, April 29, 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of Saigon. Aubade with Burning City. The poem "Aubade with Burning City" is the fourth poem in Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds, located in the first section, and it is one of the most well-known poems from the collection. Published with permission of the publisherOcean Vuong is a Vietnamese-born poet living in America. A military truck speeds through the intersection, childrenshrieking inside. The song moving through the city like a widow. Poems from and about the American involvement in Vietnam. A white…A white… I’m dreaming of a curtain of snow. Snow on the tanks rolling over the city walls. Don’t worry, he says, as the first shell flashestheir faces, my brothers have won the war and tomorrow…The lights go out. Snow crackling against the window. In his poems, he often explores transformation, desire, and violent loss. The hotel rocks, February 2014: "a joke that ends with—huh? He fills a teacup with champagne, brings it to her lips. He is the author of the poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which won the T.S. like pieces of a girl’s dress. He fills a teacup with champagne, brings it to her lips.Open, he says.She opens.Outside, a soldier spits outhis cigarette as footsteps fill the square like stonesfallen from the sky. to hear sleigh bells in the snow…In the square below: a nun, on fire,runs silently toward her god—Open, he says. When the dust rises, a black doglies panting in the road. On the bed stand, a sprig of magnolia expands like a secret heardfor the first time. A helicopter lifting the living just out of reach. Poems from Nance Van Winckel, Ocean Vuong, and a soundscape from Matthea Harvey. fill the square like stones fallen from the sky. Red sky.Snow on the tanks rolling over the city walls.A helicopter lifting the living justout of reach. Mayall your Christmases be whiteas the traffic guard unstraps his holster.His fingers running the hemof her white dress. Click for more details.From Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Copper Canyon Press, out in April 2016. If you enjoyed reading this article for free, please consider subscribing to the Mekong Review and/or supporting us with a donation.