- Chen Chen and Luke Kennard
Sunday, 4th July 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
6pm -7pm, Zoom, £5
In his new collection, Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems. Set in the same joyless house party, Notes on the Sonnets riddles the Bard with the anxieties of the modern age, bringing Kennard’s affectionate critique to subjects as various as love, marriage, God, metaphysics and a sad horse. ‘As riddling and enjoyable as the old sonnets on which it riffs’ (The Telegraph).
Chen Chen was born in 1989 in Xiamen, China, and “grew up” in Massachusetts in the US. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities is a ferocious and tender debut. Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family – the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes – all from Asian American, immigrant and queer perspectives. ‘What unifies the brilliance of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities is a voice desperate to believe that within every one of life’s sadnesses there is also hope, meaning, and – if we are willing to laugh at ourselves – humor’ (Jericho Brown).
Neil Astley founded Bloodaxe Books in 1978. His books include many anthologies, most notably those in the Staying Alive series, most recently Staying Human (2020).
Venue: Online event