By Ken Chen
Ken Chen is the 2009 winner of the yearly Yale more youthful Poets pageant. those poems of maturation chronicle the poet’s courting together with his immigrant kin and his unknowing try and recapture the harmony of juvenile via comically doomed amorous affairs that evaporate earlier than they begin. Hungrily eclectic, the wry and emotionally piercing poems during this assortment thieve the types of the capturing script, blues music, novel, memoir, essay, logical disputation, aphorism—even classical chinese language poetry in translation. yet as contest pass judgement on Louise Glück notes in her foreword, “The miracle of this publication is the measure to which Ken Chen manages to be either exhilaratingly glossy (anti-catharsis, anti-epiphany) whereas while by no means wasting his attachment to voice, and the implicit claims of voice: those are poems of extreme feeling. . . . Like purely the easiest poets, Ken Chen makes along with his voice a brand new category.”
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