When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this the day it was named to the National Book Award for Poetry longlist for 2017. In one of the poems, Chen Chen mentions that a friend told him that all his friends are about being gay and Chinese (which has also made that poem about being gay and Chinese!) I loved the playful language, exploration of identity, and had fun reading some of these out loud.
Race to the Tree
Talented Human Beings
"Every day I am asked to care about white people
especially if they've been kidnapped overseas...."
In the City - this starts with declarations about engineering and dumplings and becomes a very deeply felt about his parents and their disappointments, wow, so good
Kafka's Axe & Michael's Vest
"...Think of peace & how the Buddhists say it is found through silence
Think of silence & how Audre Lorde says it will not protect you...."
In This Economy
"People person seeks paid internship in liking you as a friend...."
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