Pop Poem: In Defense of Poverty by Ocean Vuong

In this feature, I highlight poems that are accessible but stick with you. Like a good song, a pop poem goes down easy, but you also want to hum its lines over and over again.


"In Defense of Poverty" by Ocean Vuong


In this poem from his superb chapbook, Burnings, Vuong writes about romance with a partner and romance with bohemian simplicity. That the threads of both loves are so closely woven makes the piece a magical intersection of sexuality and gratitude.