When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen

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Read When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities Online Free - In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

In the Hospital

My mother was in the hospital & everyone wanted to be my friend.
But I was busy making a list: good dog, bad citizen, short
skeleton, tall mocha. Typical Tuesday.
My mother was in the hospital & no one wanted to be her friend.
Everyone wanted to be soft cooing sympathies. Very reasonable
pigeons. No one had the time & our solution to it
was to buy shinier watches. We were enamored with
what our wrists could declare. My mother was in the hospital
& I didn’t want to be her friend. Typical son. Tall latte, short tale,
bad plot, great wifi in the atypical café. My mother was in the hospital
& she didn’t want to be her friend. She wanted to be the family
grocery list. Low-fat yogurt, firm tofu. She didn’t trust my father
to be it. You always forget something, she said, even when
I do the list for you. Even then.

Title : When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
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ISBN : 1942683332
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 pages


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2017

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,...

Lauren rated it ★★★★★

November 02, 2017

I've read a lot of poetry this year - well, a lot for me - and Chen Chen's debut collection easily rises to the top. It is hip, it is millenial, and it shouldn't be dismissed because of this. Chen's playfulness, his free associations will amuse readers, but the themes of family, losing faith, and...

John rated it ★★★★★

November 25, 2017

Knowingly and comically upending millenial oversharing and other false confessionals, Chen Chen's When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities is a series of meditations on family, identity, and sex, and especially exile, as horror-show and possibility space, externally forced or s...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

I don't really know how to review poetry, so I'm just going to share some of my favorite lines. "headache of beauty." "I want this winter inside my lungs. Inside my brain & dreams." "I'm trying out this thing where questions about love & forgiveness are a form of work I'd rather not do alone...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

Chen Chen’s debut collection is radically tender in how it approaches every intersection of his identity as a gay Chinese American man, regardless of whether or not the poems are a direct representation of his own life or not. If someone were to critique this collection, they might say exactly wh...

Lindz rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Reading through When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by award winning poet, Chen Chen, I was absolutely blown away. From the opening poem introducing the idea of a “self-portrait”, through dealing with this intimate account of a mother son relationship, through the poems ab...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 02, 2017

2.5. There was a poem or two at the end that I enjoyed and maybe one or two in the middle. Overall, to me (a person who does not read poetry, so take all of this with a grain of salt), it just felt like a journal full of random, unorganized thoughts mixed with too many over-the-top metaphors.

Richard rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2017

Read this book! This is deeply felt, smart, funny, hip, and necessary poetry by a brilliant young poet. If you're not reading Chen Chen, you're missing out.

Weston rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

I might try to write a more comprehensive review, but at present all I got is: WOW :0!!!!!

mel rated it ★★★★★

November 12, 2017

This is one of those books that is so good it makes you question all of your other 5-star reviews. My whole rating system is now off. (Is it possible to give this a sixth star?) Poulin Prize judge Jericho Brown nailed it: "This is a book I wish existed when I first began reading poetry." Had I re...

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