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Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and the author of Juvenilia (Yale University Press, 2010), winner of the Yales Series of Younger Poets.

The Requiem of 1:00 AM (audio only)

 

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Ken Chen

Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and the author of Juvenilia (Yale University Press, 2010), winner of the Yales Series of Younger Poets.

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How joyous!, 
passing this time alone 
with your father, how bright his golden laugh 
which drew you to laugh yourself uncontrolled, 
how sweet the happy hour oysters you two pry and eat, 
piling wobbling shells that glisten on the table
while the pianist plays by the kitchen doors. 
You find yourself reminded