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


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.

Adrien rated it ★★★★★

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...

Chaneli rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

love LOVE love this collection! I'm so happy it exists in the world.

Ace rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2017


Laura rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017


Emily rated it ★★★☆☆

July 12, 2017

"Aren’t all great love stories, at their core, great mistakes?"

Matthew rated it ★★★★★

May 03, 2017

I wanted this to last forever. I loved every moment. And went through a million emotions.

Tina rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

Full of heartfelt insight. Read these slowly; there is true talent here.

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

Equal parts affirming, provoking, and comfortable--this book is an accomplishment of tone.

Danny rated it ★★★★☆

April 25, 2017

Throughout Chen Chen’s terrific debut poetry collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, the reader can’t help but like the poet. I know this is a kind of old-fashioned way of looking at things, but still: read these poems and be charmed. The sense of humor, the emotio...

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