A Nail the Evening Hangs on

A Nail the Evening Hangs on Book Summary

In her debut collection, Monica Sok uses poetry to reshape a family's memory about the Khmer Rouge regime—memory that is both real and imagined—according to a child of refugees. Driven by myth-making and fables, the poems examine the inheritance of the genocide and the profound struggles of searing grief and PTSD. Though the landscape of Cambodia is always present, it is the liminal space, the in-betweenness of diaspora, in which younger generations must reconcile their history and create new rituals. A Nail the Evening Hangs On seeks to reclaim the Cambodian narrative with tenderness and an imagination that moves towards wholeness and possibility.

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  • ???

    This really hurt. I somehow managed to read the book in one sitting but it wasn't easy there were poems that made my arms shake, and I'd just lie down and stare at my ceiling until I stopped tremblin...

  • Ming

    This collection of poetry magnifies the voices of Khmer and Southeast Asian refugees.  The pieces here are poignant and bittersweet.   I especially liked "Windfall," "In a Room of One Thousand Budd...

  • Dana Sweeney

    A strong debut collection that serves as both tribute and testament a testament to Soks experiences of displacement and inheritance in the Cambodian diaspora, and a tribute to suffering and surviving...

  • Cody Stetzel

    Having just finished this work, I wanted to quickly write about how stunning it is in both its concept and lyric. The poems herein are riddled with cultural fragmentation, belonging and becoming, coll...

  • Natalie Eilbert

    I wrote a review forthcoming about this collection but the tl;dr is this book should be celebrated as one of the best books published this year. Its utterly remarkable. Not a word is wasted....

  • Carly Miller

    I read this in one sitting, completely captivated by Monica's imagery and sense of place....

  • Smileitsjoy (JoyMelody)

    this was/is a beautiful debut collection...