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


Thomas rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2017

3.5 stars I dislike the glorification of straight, white, male poets, and I feel so grateful to Chen Chen for sharing his queer, Asian American, immigrant perspective with us. His poems hit me hardest when he shared sometimes painful, sometimes joyful moments surrounding these underrepresented ide...

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 ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

Knowingly and comically upending millennial 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...

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...

Breslin rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2018

This is a poetry book which reads agreeably like an autobiography. Because of its explorations of what happened to Chen Chen when his parents first discovered he was gay, I identified with the subject immediately. It was like being caught wearing women's clothing. (Although that's never happened t...

Abigail rated it ★★★★☆

February 12, 2018

"I want to be the anti-Sisyphus, in love" really good collection. Chen Chen weaves Frank O'Hara, Sarte, Ginsberg, revolution, religion, sweethearts, sadness, death, Optimus Prime, e.e. cummings, Buddhism, Kafka, Audre Lorde, love, confusion, sofas, blue vests and the entire ocean into wonderful p...

Nek0 Neha rated it ★★★★★

January 10, 2018

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen is a short collection of poems that is written by a gay Chinese author. It won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and has received numerous recognition for being a ferocious voice in the modern world. I had never heard of this...

Beverly rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

This a charming poetry collection that will touch your heart, soul, and mind. My favorite poems of this collection: Race to the Tree First Light Ode to My Envy Kafka's Axe & Michael's Vest

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...

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