Image by Linh Nguyen/Unsplash, Public Domain Dedication (CC0). Published May 01, 2020 Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Headfirst Written and read by Ocean Vuong Listen “Headfirst” from Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, Copyright 2016. Published by Copper Canyon Press. Used with permission of the poet. This poem was originally read in the On Being episode “A Life Worthy of Our Breath.” Contributors Ocean Vuong is a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at New York University. His new collection of poetry is Time Is a Mother. He is also the author of a novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, and the poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whiting Award. He was a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.