I recommend you to read Night Sky with exit wounds. Telemachus Lyrics. Telemachus Like any good son, I pull my father out of the water, drag him by his hair through sand, his knuckles carving a … Press J to jump to the feed. haunting, chilling, really lovely. Definitely check out his collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds. But the answer never comes. 339. What is meant by "The face not mine - but one I will wear to kiss all my lovers goodnight:"? beyond the shore is no longer where we left it. the wind, they will see him. Like any good son, I pull my father out. Ocean Vuong in Conversation with the Forward Prizes. with my own & beginthe faithful work of drowning. It follows the speaker as he drags his drowning and shot father from the ocean, attempts to resuscitate his father, and fails. It is a really beautiful book. But I didn't feel like I really understand it. Because the bombed. Like any good son, I pull my father out of the water, drag him by his hair. The facenot mine – but one I will wear, to kiss all my lovers good-night:the way I seal my father’s lips. At the poem's end, the speaker reflects that he will wear his father's face for the rest of his life and "begin / the faithful work of drowning." He is so still I think, he could be anyone’s father, found the way a green bottle might appear, at a boy’s feet containing a year he has never touched. Because the bombed. Do you know who I am,Ba? Mixed metaphors. Because the city. Because the bombed, cathedral is now a cathedralof trees. Press J to jump to the feed. Banal sentiment. <3. I am trying to understand and appreciate poetry more so I'm sorry if this is rudimentary. We feel the distance again when the narrator says “he could be anyone’s father, found/ the way a green bottle might appear / at a boy’s feet containing a year / he has never touched.” His prose is glorious, too. No use. The cathedral, in his sea-black eyes. I turn himover. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The answer, is the bullet hole in his back, brimmingwith seawater. Telemachus did not know his father Odysseus because he left when the boy was an infant, to fight in the Trojan War. Because the bombed, cathedral is now a cathedral of trees. through white sand, his knuckles carving a trail. To me, the poem overall suggests the idea of a son who doesn't know his father and is desperately searching for some memory or feature that could bring him back to life. Poems online " Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong," The New Yorker " Aubade With Burning City"; "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," Poetry Magazine “ Telemachus,” Beloit Poetry Journal " Homewrecker," Linebreak " Eurydice," The Nation " Prayer for the Newly Damned, " American Poetry Review " Untitled (Blue, Green, & Brown)," TriQuarterly through white sand, his knuckles carving a trail. Is it to be taken literally about loss or is the lifeless body in the ocean a metaphor for something else? when the city burns. Telemachus was a dutiful son that did not know his father. 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. The poem "Telemachus" is the second poem in Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds, and it is the first poem in the first section proper. I kneel beside him to show how far, I might sink. Telemachus was the son of Odysseus, who seeks a … At the end of the poem, there seems to be a realization/acceptance that his father lives, but through him. The "face is not mine" because he could not relate to a person who has been absent from his life, yet the son nonetheless inherited his physical features (among other things). Not a poem but try this, too: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/a-letter-to-my-mother-that-she-will-never-read. It's based on his relationship with his mother, who is illiterate. I love the character of Telemachus as a metaphor for all sons of fathers. To face it. of the water, drag him by his hair.