“Morning Raga,” by Kazim Ali

by Jul 9, 2020Foglifter Features, Volume One

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There's new treasure on the Foglifter blog! Check out the latest interview with @chenchenwrites by @anothermishap 🌟🌈☎️⁠To celebrate Chen Chen’s latest collection of poetry, "Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency", Community Manager Misha Ponnuraju chats with the poet to talk about the changing seasons, the lineages of his poetry, and what plants can teach us about writing.⁠Chen Chen’s newest book is a sparkling new world that buzzes with conversation and teems with tender moments. As the title suggests, this book calls upon distant friends and loved ones and offers us a framework for joy and grief during an emergency. This book is a celebration and investigation of queer Asian American identity, looking thoughtfully into the past while trying to make sense of uncertain futures. Reading Chen’s newest book is like entering a warm room full of laughter after months of silence. This collection welcomes the ache of your loneliness while reminding you that there’s a party going on in the next room, whenever you’re ready to walk through the doors. ⁠Read now: foglifterjournal.com/2022/11/11/interview-with-chen-chen-on-your-emergency-contact-has-experience...Image Description:⁠Slide 1: This graphic advertises an interview with Chen Chen by Misha Ponnuraju. In the middle is the book cover of "Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency." ⁠Slide 2: An excerpt of the interview, which reads, " I used to think that you just have to be solitary. You have to be really quiet all the time and you have to retreat from the world and reflect and that becomes the writing. And I think that's still a piece of it but increasingly, I am seeing just how much I am influenced by conversation and having these shared experiences together: by talking with people and sharing snacks, sharing a meal, sharing some bubble tea, going to the beach, going on a little road trip, looking at things together, walking through an art gallery, walking around a park, just observing things together, or sharing an inside joke, noticing a funny billboard on a drive somewhere. All of that can come into poems." ... See MoreSee Less
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“This poem, written in response to Marwan Kassab-Bachi’s painting Three Palestinian Boys (1970), is about, as [Julia] Kristeva put it, ‘what I permanently thrust aside in order to live.’”

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