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.
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
Do’s debut collection stuns with stabbing diction and fluid conversation. There is a softness to her sounds, but a violence to her verbs. A sense of anxious rushing fills each piece not because of its pacing, but because of the extremes with which Do paints life, love, and being. It is all or nothing, every last drop in space. ~ Rachel Charlene Lewis, reviewed in Maudlin House
I have yet to read a poetry collection that is more haunting than Do Nguyen Mai’s Ghosts Still Walking. Her poetry is chilling, and forced me to set the collection down on multiple occasions because I was taken aback by all of the weighty material the poems tackled in such a poignant way. Highly influenced by the long and sorrowful history of Vietnam, this collection will send shivers down your spine. ~ 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
# First edition, second print run –