Night Sky with Exit Wounds

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Fake, imitation, or false


A poetic form originating in Japan, consisting of a section of prose poetry that concludes in a haiku


A current of water that flows upstream, in a circular fashion, around an obstacle

Lan oi

"Dear Lan," a reference to Ocean's mother in Vuong's "My Father Writes from Prison"

Em khỏe khong? Giờ em đang ở đâu? Anh nhớ em va con qua. Hơn nữa

"How are you? Where are you now? I miss you and my son. Further," a series of questions which bleed into English in Vuong's "My Father Writes from Prison"


A type of tropical tree that is cultivated for its fiber, or floss

Không có gì bằng cơm với cá, Không có gì bằng má với con

"There is nothing like rice and fish, just like there is nothing like the mother and her child."

Huey, Tomahawk

Nicknames for two different types of attack helicopters used in the Vietnam War


Someone who travels off the designated path; also a dated term for a guerilla combatant

Isoproyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Different chemicals used in nail salons

Bà Ngoại

"Grandmother", or "granny"


A person who is partly of Asian or Pacific Islander descent

Agent Orange

A chemical weapon used by the United States against Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War


Loose military clothing or soldiers' uniforms


Another word for the Viet Cong and Northern Vietnamese Communist forces, used primarily during the Vietnam War


A townhouse with a sandstone facade, popular in New York


A rhetorical scheme in which the same word is repeated at the beginning of successive clauses or phrases


A rifle and firearms company

Alfafa, Forsythia, Foxglove

All different kinds of flowers

Sextant, Compass

Tools for marine navigation


Born Michelangelo Merisi, an Italian painter of the Baroque/Early Renaissance period

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