Chen Chen

Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, selected by Jericho Brown for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and out now from BOA Editions, Ltd. The book was also a finalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize (Waywiser Press). Chen's work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. His work has been recognized by eight Pushcart Prize nominations and an honorable mention in this year's anthology. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, the Saltonstall Foundation, and in 2015 he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Currently, Chen is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles. For more information, visit (Photo credit: Jess Chen)

"Roller-life" by Irina Udalova, tempera on paper, 2008


Circle “C” If You Just Don’t Know

By Chen Chen

I failed the multiple choice exam. I failed to thank the driver

before exiting the bus. I failed my pet fish in the third grade.

I am failing to recall if it was the third or in fact second grade…
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