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catilinas · 6 months ago
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Chen Chen
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sweatermuppet · a month ago
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ihopeucomehomesoon · a month ago
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Chen Chen "Elegy" | k.c cramm, "tender is not a bad word"
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devilsskettle · 3 months ago
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Chen Chen
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soracities · 4 months ago
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Chen Chen’s ig @ chenchenwrites: on “broken english” vs. the “literary”” [transcript below]:
[Text ID: “i keep thinking of my parents being punished for their so-called “broken english” (a racist term tbh) & how i’ve been rewarded for non-standard english in my poems. to me this points both to the freedom & the institutional gatekeeping around poetry as well as language in general
a related issue: how my queerness receives affirmation & support in my poems more so than in my everyday life -- & that includes when i’m navigating the very same poetry institutions that claim to support my queer art (but not my queer personhood???)
an example that’s sort of silly but also not: i’ve been told by cis het profs/mentors that it’s great i write about butts in poems but i shouldn’t talk about them as just a person or post my own butt lol. & it’s like, ok so i can be me/exciting on the page, but that’s it
these are all the ways that literary institutions claim to support freedom of expression, but it’s really just in the pages of prestigious publications--not in life. & i’m like, sorry but being “free” in poems is not enough
& what’s the point of expanding one’s linguistic/expressive/imaginative/political freedom in poetry, if not to then apply that to life? i’m not interested in a poetry & poetics that’s ultimately so limited in its scope and potential
i find it sad that poetry remains one of the few socially acceptable & prestigious (literary!) outlets for expressing vulnerability/any messy emotion ^ for susing non-standard/unconventional english. when this range of thinking/feeling should be available to & valid for anyone
when i write poetry, i am speaking as my fullest self & also as something mysterious that i feel is beyond the self. for many people, this might happen through everyday multilingual speech & code-switching
&i just think that if you look down on people like my parents for their accents/non-standard english & code-switching, then you don’t actually understand or appreciate my work as a poet. you’re only comfortable with the non-standard when it seems “literary” to you.”]
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222mirrorballs · a month ago
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Writer In The Dark, Lorde / Lady Bird (2017) / For One More Day, Mitch Albom / If My Body Could Speak, Blythe Baird / Killing Eve (2018-2022) / Poplar Street, Chen Chen / Class of 2013, Mitski / Black Swan (2010) / Take Care: Mothers, Daughters, and Inheriting Self-Hatred, Ella Wilson / How to Wear your Mothers Lipstick, Warsan Shire
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aconissa · 2 months ago
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I LOVE THE WORLD FROM LOVING YOU
Chen Chen, ‘Elegy’ Mitski, ‘Strawberry Blond’ Ellen He, The Good-Morrow Holly Warburton, a moment! Danez Smith, ‘Acknowledgments’ E.C., ‘Love Freely’
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eternal--return · 3 months ago
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oh moon, hungry moon, unkissed & silent, I would kiss you.
Chen Chen · “Race to the Tree.” When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (2017)
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harringtongf · a year ago
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elegy on soups and the hands that make them 
our beautiful life when its filled with shrieks, christopher citro | pro chef vs. mom’s homemade pho, watcher | chen chen | hu yang | the hungers of hadewijch and eckhart, donald duclow | pro chef vs. mom’s homemade pho, watcher | rice, mary oliver | holly warburton | @ romcommunist | @ compsigh | @ nicollekidman | @ dakotajohnsongf | natalie diaz | just the two of us, clifford prince king | @ apolohgy | @ peachblushparlour | kitchen tables: peter pereira, “a pot of red lentils” | tales from earthsea | in the kitchen by helena janecic | 리틀 포레스트 (little forest) 2018 dir. 임순례 (yim soon-rye)
[id in reblogs!]
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metamorphesque · 9 months ago
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"I tried to ask my parents to leave the room, but not my life. It was very hard. Because the room was the size of my life. Because my life was small."
— Chen Chen, “Chapter VIII”
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araekni · 9 months ago
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feel free to skip if uncomfortable: may i get a request of trauma around your mom?
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Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh
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Annie Ernaux, I Remain In Darkness
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Joan Tierney, How To Build A Table
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Mad Men (2007–2015), 6x12: The Quality of Mercy
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Chen Chen, Poplar Street
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Lynne Shako, To The Daughter Who Secretly Longs For Her Mother’s Affection
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Mary Jean Chan, what my mother (a poet) might say
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Joan Tierney, DO NOT REPLY
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Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
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Phoebe Bridgers, Motion Sickness
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Zeena Abbas, Mom, I Know We Haven’t Spoken In A While But
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Kyung-Sook Shin, Please Look After Mom, trans. Chi-Young Kim
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Jenny Holzer, Untitled (Food Won’t Go Down...), from Inflamatory Essays
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@fuckingwhateverdude, THERAPY SESSION BETWEEN THE GRANDMOTHER, THE MOTHER AND THE DAUGHTER (PART I)
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Sophocles, Elektra, trans. Anne Carson
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Ocean Vuong, A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read
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Wych Elm, Susan Smith
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Junot Diaz, Wildwood
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firstfullmoon · a year ago
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i keep thinking of this
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moonlightpoetry · 10 months ago
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on religious trauma <3
clementine von radics / victoria chang - obit / my photo / joan tierney @filmnoirsbian / chen chen - poplar street / DO NOT REPLY / nicolas martin / richard siken / saeed jones - how we fight for our lives / taylor swift - my tears ricochet
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saintsebastiensbf · a month ago
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mitski, strawberry blond / e.c., love freely / chen chen, when i grow up i want to be a list of further possibilities / hanya yanagihara, a little life / interview with cohen by kris kirk, poetry commotion, June 18, 1988 / gabriela mistral, from a letter to doris dana
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thecollectibles · 3 months ago
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Ponyo by Chen Chen
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luthienne · a year ago
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Chen Chen, from When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities; “Elegy”
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eyebrowgel · 9 months ago
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chen chen - talking to god about heaven from the bed of a heathen
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eternal--return · 3 months ago
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I am making my loneliness small. So small it fits on a postcard a baby rabbit could eat. The sun sets like an expensive fragrance. Like the memory of a neck.
Chen Chen · “West of Schenectady.” When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (2017)
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llovelymoonn · 4 months ago
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on inherited pain
a.s.j. tessimond the children look at the parents \\ peter doig girl in tree (2001) \\ futngina \\ ?? \\ bob’s burgers \\ chen chen chapter viii \\ @holly-warbs​ \\ ?? \\ louise glück the seven ages: “mother and child” 
kofi
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