When I Grow up I Want to Be A List of Further Possibilities

When I Grow up I Want to Be A List of Further Possibilities

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities. To be a season of laughter when my father says his coworker is like that, he can tell because the guy wears pink socks, see, you don't, so you can't, you can't be one of them. To be the one my parents raised me to be. A season from the stormiest planet. A very good feeling with a man. Every feeling, in pink shoes. Every step, hot pink."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, Ltd., 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781942683339 paperback
1942683332 paperback
Branch Call Number: 811.6 CHE
Characteristics: 96 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Jericho


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Chen Chen's debut poetry collection is a distinctly queer, Asian American exploration of love and family, full of life and copious imagery. This Stonewall Honors pick is a quirky, emotional, and intelligent culmination of seeking one's own identity.

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BostonPL_LauraB Dec 06, 2017

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.


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