Search

Poetry Breakfast

Serving a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry book reviews to feed poets' and poetry lovers' souls.

Category

Esther Chen

I Want – A Poem by Esther Chen

I Want

to be an animal that is different from the one I am. I want
to peer out from glass eyes. I want

to be encased in a warm amber liquid. There’s a
poetry to that. There’s a

Certain kind of weight to words written in Latin. My body
lifts off the ground, light. My body

Dictates the sounds I can make with my mouth. I scream
and squawk and people are attracted for all the wrong reasons. I scream

and my mother says “what were you raised by, wolves?” I wasn’t. I hung
from a treetop and fell off and I’ve been falling ever since. Hang my

heavy bones from the ceiling, one more time. I want
to be an animal.

 

 

About the Poet:
Esther Chen is a poet pursuing her BFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. More of her work can be found on her website (estherchen.tumblr.com) and in the third upcoming issue of If And Only If.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

The Internet Is So Big It Swallows Me – A Poem by Esther Chen

The Internet Is So Big It Swallows Me

is there any way I can eliminate all self-doubting phrases and unnecessary approximations from my vocabulary without coming across as inaccessible? please advise. I got to my first class late this morning because I fell into my mirror and forgot briefly how to get out. I have tried on 5 outfits. in therapy, they mostly blame your problems on the things you tell yourself when it’s late and no one is online anymore. my Facebook status last night stating ‘my best yoga pose is the downward spiral’ got 44 likes and 0 inbox messages. every time you left I took a picture of the sky and hung it on the wall. in elementary school, a friend of mine told me she’d see me tomorrow and never came back. when my chain-smoking neighbour tells stories about his weekend, he always says ‘I couldn’t make this stuff up’. I accept this as a somber confession, and turn away.

 

 

About the Poet:
Esther Chen is a poet pursuing her BFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. More of her work can be found on her website (estherchen.tumblr.com) and in the third upcoming issue of If And Only If.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: