I cannot live in a world of suffocation,
you cannot live in a world of restraint.
Drawing from Vietnam’s long and turbulent history—from Phùng Thị Chính’s suicide in the river Hát, to the casualties of the Vietnam War—Do’s poems highlight the constant struggles of love and survival, and a country’s continuing fight to preserve its traditional way of life.
Highlighted in NBC News’ ‘Groundbreaking’ Asian-American Poets feature.
Do Nguyen Mai’s poetry is elegant, beautiful, and will not hesitate to gut you in the same breath. Her first collection is a clean and polished portrait—abundant with joy and tragedy, hers is a fresh voice shedding light on the Vietnamese diaspora. Ghosts Still Walking is a brilliant introduction to the stories our people carried across the Pacific. ~ Alex Dang
There sits within these poems astounding, paralyzing moments of awe. ~ Greg Bem, reviewed in Yellow Rabbits
Do’s debut collection stuns with stabbing diction and fluid conversation. ~ Rachel Charlene Lewis, reviewed in Maudlin House
Not once [does Do] shy away from complexities of the cultural and emotional sort… ~ Margaryta Golovchenko, reviewed in The Coil
I have yet to read a poetry collection that is more haunting than Do Nguyen Mai’s Ghosts Still Walking. ~ Noor Hindi, reviewed in Nervous Poodle Poetry
Ghosts Still Walking is every bit as haunting as you can imagine. ~ Abigail Pearson, reviewed in Rambling Writer
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