Lullaby ———————– More of Chen Chen’s work here.
Family ——– Chen Chen is a University Fellow in poetry at Syracuse University, where he also serves as Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in Connotation […]
Write a Letter to Your Mother About Your Longest Winter If writing had any real power, I could write my mother a letter that said, No second heart surgery because […]
To The Common Tongue ————- more of Chen Chen’s work here.
“Nǐ kǒu kě ma?” (Xiamen, China 2008) I sit with my grandmother & watch a Coca Cola commercial on TV, another tie-in with […]
Citizenship My brothers & I are responsible citizens. We know to protect the cake. The cake knows we are its protectors. If it did not allow its cakeself to be […]
.orion in december My grandfather is a giant of a man, big bones, big voice, big heart. Last December we sat under the pink sky and watched the stars come […]
My Father’s Hands My father’s hands can’t play the piano. Too strong, too scarred to stretch for full octave, his fingers begin in hard work, fall short of sunset over […]
When I was born, it was a river, so built a dam. Rocks and sticks, stacked and mud-mortared until the stream did not move. This is how a living thing […]
Palm Tree Plastic Missing seats in my birthday cake like, forced accidents make me take family for granted when the candles get lit, I mean like, I didn’t awknowledge their […]