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January 16, 2022


Wow--excellent poem!
Is there a typo in the 4th line from the end: "stan"? Or am I missing something (probably the latter!)?

I’m trying to remember all the things I don’t know yet too.

Howard, "stan" is slang and means a mix of stalker and fan. From Eminen's song, Stan.

Not everyone can be Korean, but I think everyone needs to stan this poem and poet!

I checked out urban dictionary and found that "stan" is slang for someone who is a very zealous fan. Stan can also be a verb for liking something a great deal.

Lyn Li Che's skill at internal rhyme is like rap but better: "I’ll stan my Jackie Chan doyenne Chinaman..." 

It is so painful/courageous to see all those slurs bundled together.

But isn't that what poetry is about: Truth?

Painfully beautiful poem, enhanced by the visual-- and may I take a moment to notice the art that, weekly, accompanies the poems with such boisterous beauty and accuracy.
I didn't know Lyn Li Che's work before and now I'll look for it.That's the good part about this weekly anthology.

This is a sonic powerhouse of a poem!

Thanks, Grace. I'm glad you appreciate the visual complement
to the poems. But of course you would, as a poet & visual artist yourself.

I love this beautiful poem and the artwork.

"how easily/my body zipperheads into anything else...a coin slot/cooter choking open..."--this poem's an ear's feast.

to all of the comments above: ditto

Eileen---thanks for the comment.

I love the poem and very much appreciate the irony of learning a new American slang word from it!!

Excellent poem!

Nice visuals too!

I agree with Denise -- the poem is a powerhouse. "like a racist’s naughty nursery rhyme" -- clever, daring, and cheeky at the same time. Rage controlled by wit.

This is a marvelous poem, but I like the title most of all: (s)nicknames that lurk in the quiet of your mind.

There's also beautiful poetry expressed in the facial pic of Lyn Li Che.

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