About the Poems
by Timothy Bradford
I heard Hoa Nguyen read at Naropa University many summers ago. She showed me how not just the personal but the achingly domestic—dirty laundry, the endlessly humming air conditioner, and the demands of a family—could be political without effacing its original quotidian value or its humanity, and during a time when I was primarily a stay-at-home dad, this was a revelation. These poems, with the exception of “Fear Factor,” are largely inspired by her work and the personism of Frank O’Hara.