Book Reviews

Book Review: When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities, by Chen Chen

An amalgamation of tragedy and celebration, of eternity and mortality, of love and hate and envy and depression and hope. This debut collection of poems by Chinese American author Chen Chen takes you from China to Texas to New York state, from moonlit tree tops to silent kitchens, from the city to the forest.

DSC_1080
Possibly the hardest book to photograph ever, that gloss surface turns even filtered sun into a lighthouse beacon.

These poems are testimonies to the small things that we collect throughout our day, and those moments in life that define us, whether we want them to or not. Chen speaks of being an immigrant, an immigrant’s child, gay, and not-white. He speaks of unrequited love, the pain of not being excepted by family and peers, the crushing weight of world that does not allow you to celebrate who you are, and is breaking in so many ways…

Continue reading “Book Review: When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities, by Chen Chen”