Poetry. From the avenues, expressways, and rooftops of NYC, to prison cells, hospice rooms, and the graveyards of cork boards, merciless seashores, borders, and war zones, Michelle Chen takes her readers from POINT A TO POINT B and everywhere in between. In her poems, including "Wrecked" and "Body," Chen makes her reader realize how much we inhabit a body and how much that influences our emotional and intellectual lives along this journey. Her poems explore anticipated loss and sudden catastrophe wrapped in the undeniable instinct of seeking home. They provide us with a keen vision of the literal and metaphorical migrant experience. Migration, movement, and transformation happen for many reasons. Sometimes it is violent, other times it is philosophical—maybe it is the search for a dream or a better life—and sometimes it is just for the sake of change. We find all of these reasons and more within this fascinating chapbook that searches relentlessly, whether empathetically or in the not-always-safe haven of detachment, for homecoming.
Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for The Nation and In These Times and a contributing editor at Dissent Magazine. She is also co-producer of "Asia Pacific Forum" on Pacifica's WBAI and Dissent's "Belabored" podcast. Michelle studies history at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her poetry weaves together her reporting observations with other literary sensibilities. Her most recent book of poetry is POINT A TO POINT B (Get Fresh Books LLC, 2019). Michelle previously published with Red Bird Chapbooks and Anaphora and was a 2017 finalist in the Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA