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|
|Number of Pages||:||96 pages|
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,...
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...
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...
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.
October 02, 2017
I might try to write a more comprehensive review, but at present all I got is: WOW :0!!!!!
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...
June 18, 2017
Wow, this is the first poetry book that I bought and it was quite an experience !
I have never reviewed any poetry book so I don't really know what to say about it.
Topics range from religious faith, family, economy, love, being gay, sex. Each text is taking you in the author's universe which is in...
September 18, 2017
Chen Chen is a master at his craft, using poetic strategies like humor, strategic line breaks that encourage the reader to invalidate his/her/their assumptions about poems. His language is beautiful, and he writes about living, about life, about doubts, about question we all have. This book of po...
June 26, 2017
love LOVE love this collection! I'm so happy it exists in the world.
September 27, 2017
The poems in this book are wonderful. I kept being surprised and/or amused by the connections the poet made.