Afterward, I woke
into the red dark
to write
gia đình
on this yellow pad

Looking through the letters
I can see
into the earth
below, the blue blur
of bones.

I drill the ink
into a period.
The deepest hole,
where the bullet,

after piercing
my father's back,
has come
to rest.
Quickly--I climb

I enter
my life
the way words
entered me--

by falling
the silence
of this wide
open mouth.

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About "Logophobia"

Logophobia is the (usually obsessive) fear of words. Because Ocean Vuong writes so personally about his own life, the logophobia in this poem represents a fear of allowing yourself to be vulnerable to others through your work.

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