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My review of Chen Chen’s ‘Kissing the Sphinx’ published by Stirring + they are open for submissions!

Kissing the Sphinx, poems by Chen Chen (2015 chapbook contest finalist) 30 pages, matte cover, perfect bound $12 (includes shipping)

Kissing the Sphinx, poems by Chen Chen (2015 chapbook contest finalist)
30 pages, matte cover, perfect bound
$12 (includes shipping)

My review of Kissing the Sphinx by Chen Chen just went up on Stirring: A Literary Collection published monthly by Sundress Publications.

“This short collection evokes tattoos and Tuesdays, cats and camels, Russian novels and postcards, muscular legs and gorgeous men, a body covered in colorful Post-it notes, and yes, kissing the Great Sphinx of Giza. There are places to visit, dreams to dream, realities to question, and sounds that whisper and boom throughout its pages. I’m tremendously pleased that these poems were not lost as secrets whispered ‘into the hollow of a tree.'”

If you’re interested in writing reviews, browse through some the reviews Stirring publishes in each monthly issue to get a feel for how they are written. Also, many presses/authors will provide a review copy for free.

If you aren’t familiar with Stirring, set aside an hour or two with a glass of your favorite adult beverage and check out the variety of talented writers they publish.

Kissing the Sphinx is a poetry chapbook published by Two of Cups Press. Here’s a little more from my review:

“Now, whether your favorite childhood TV show was Power Rangers, Mr. Rogers, or The Reading Rainbow, this chapbook has it covered. Not to mention the poem ‘Medicine Ball,’ which combines Sarah Jessica Parker, an elbow rash, Q-Tips, and Ultimate Frisbee into a narrative.”

Read my complete review here:

Review of Kissing the Sphinx by Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen's work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his partner Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog Mr. Rupert Giles. For readings, workshops, and conversations about Tuxedo Mask, please send an email: chenchenwrites [at] gmail [dot] com.

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