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Dear Jenny, We Are All Find

Jenny Zhang

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isbn: 9780985118204
03/2012
116 pages

Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang was born in Shanghai and raised in New York. She is a graduate of Stanford University and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Dear Jenny, We Are All Find is her first book.

praise for Dear Jenny, We Are All Find

Jenny Zhang’s first poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are all Find, is highly exploratory, raw, and vulnerable. It is filled with the pain of an individual embracing and living in a sense of lost-ness, a feeling of forlorn disorientation provided by an ancestry that is laden with ghosts and skeletons, a collapsing relationship, and fragmented and splintering writing.

—Tim Etzkorn

excerpt from Dear Jenny, We Are All Find

Don’t fucking text your friends when I’m reading a poem I took two years to write
or if you do it then be
right and if you are right be

relentless like this was relentless
when you spoke to that bitch
she was just That Bitch
and you were just A Good Guy
and that was the first time My Lips
wanted to be lips and they were
just the lips that your little movers
loaded in a van that lived in Norway
like you live in a place that is so faraway
my entrenched feelings have a way
of making themselves known
to know me is to know my mother’s bad English
the time I charmed you with not wanting
to not want to not take a shit
in my pants which were yours
the smell was also yours
you gave me the constipated figurine
I washed it like it was my own
and it was your face that gave me the finest idea
the idea of not having any more ideas
was good enough if it meant saving the idea
of you or the time you yanked metal
from your hand which does not leave me
even when my face is no longer a face
and my ideas no longer ideas
just the fine French doors you live inside
like I live inside this promise
like you live inside my dreams
the best ones where you did not yet exist
though I knew this fine universe
would create you eventually
and I would never stop thanking my mother
for creating me too.