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have you eaten yet

By Chen Chen

                 the mystery of your lungs
                                  the spaceship of your yes
   the ethereal of your puns
               the eternal of your sexts
             the chic vivacity
of your spiritual & political & sensual rage
     the tiny
       efficient post office
             of your least wild dreams
                the enormous
     hocus of your trembling pocus
        the dirt of your muse
the deity of your musk 
                             haven’t you eaten yet
       this daily 
                        breath of yours
come eat
     this chest magic       brain planet
                             this mischief
                  & power
                                                    this anger
                                                    good anger
                                                    your anger
                          from which you sing your most joyful
                             deepest no




Listen as Chen Chen readshave you eaten yet.”

Added: Wednesday, July 5, 2023  /  Used with permission.
Chen Chen
Photo by Paula Champagne.

Chen Chen’s second book, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, was a best book of 2022 according to the Boston Globe, Electric Lit, NPR, and others. It was also named a 2023 Notable Book by the American Library Association. His debut, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, was long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award.  He has received two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, the National Endowment for the Arts, and United States Artists. He teaches for the low-residency MFA programs at New England College and Stonecoast.

Image Description: Chen Chen stands in front of a large residential building. His slicked back hair is dyed orangey blond and he wears clear glasses, a silver blazer, and a purple button-down shirt with silver polka dots.

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