“A poet of Whitman’s multitudes and of Langston Hughes’ blues, of Dickinson’s ‘so cold no fire can warm me’ and of Michael Palmer’s comic interrogation... Chen is a poet I’ll be reading for the rest of my life.” – Jericho Brown
Chen Chen’s debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, is a collection that crackles with humour, love, grief and longing. Reaching right into the heart of essential human struggles, this award-winning collection shares the complexity of human entanglements and the many identities one person can occupy: queer, immigrant, Asian, American, son, lover, poet. Chen Chen talks with Aotearoa poet Chris Tse.
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