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Dear Jenny, We Are All Find

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  170 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
"Jenny Zhang's poems broadcast themselves with a surrealist anxiety. 'Can't I be my own dream?' she asks. The answer is always yes and always no. With dizzying energy and intelligence, Zhang forages through familial, global, and even anatomical configurations vainly outlining an identity that manifests only to shift and move restlessly on. This book brings to mind a 21st c ...more
Paperback, 103 pages
Published February 2012 by Octopus Books
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Apr 07, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of hearing Jenny Zhang read from this book before it was out a few months ago and was utterly blown away once she was done with the first twenty-five or so words. I point this out because this book is so different and original and KILLER that one needs a bit of time to get hip to what is happening.

In my opinion, what is happening in Dear Jenny, We Are All Find is something utterly miraculous and to be carefully savored: poetry that isn't arch or sentimental or just a bunch of
David Schaafsma
Alfred Jarry and the cast of his absurd anti-aristocratic play and scatological play Ubu Roi was howled off the stage in 1896 Paris, as the play finished with its empathic, "merde!" What would become of theater, art, the lovely impressionistic artistic renditions of Monet and Renoir that were going on at the time? To these approaches Jarry would likely also have yelled "merdre." Post WWI, "the war to end all wars," aesthetic-political outrage to Reason and what were seen as Modernist extensions ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
Jenny Zhang obviously likes to goof around. This disjointed grab bag of poems is full of unexpected exclamations like "I was wet and I farted dead sperm from a butthole that doesn't want to poop/except in libraries" and "I was not even really alive." You could say that the dead sperm line is sort of a litmus test for the potential reader of this collection. If it bothers you, you may choose to skip this wild batch of brain-burners. But if you find it funny or intriguing, Zhang's work is probably ...more
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Jul 16, 2012 Matt Walker rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like some books are praised solely for their subversive or "important" content, with little regard for whether the writer's technique or style is, you know, good or interesting. One Goodreads reviewer says, "You could say that the dead sperm line is sort of a litmus test for the potential reader of this collection. If it bothers you, you may choose to skip this wild batch of brain-burners. But if you find it funny or intriguing, Zhang's work is probably going to roc ...more
May 30, 2012 Marcus rated it it was amazing
I have been reading reading reading contemporary poetry and this is def one of my favs in a long ass time. It has everything. Everything is what I want in art/poetry. It def has the zeitgeist. Big time. I have re-read it and re-read multiple times on the London tube. I feel like I could re-read it forever and ever and never tire of it. It's got whim and wit. It's got wisdom. It's got the pain of living on various borders. It's nomadic in music and nomadic in feelings. It is big mind. Big bridge. ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it
5 stars for the first half
very clever/refreshing/sharp images, funny
made me think of Uselysses
nearly cried at the butterfly poem on the train
thinking about my dad

3 stars for the second half
became a series of play-on-words poems
that I still liked but. . .
Apr 21, 2012 Libby rated it it was amazing
I found Jenny Zhang's writing through her short stories and articles on Rookie. It is, quite simply, incredible.
This volume of poetry is stunning, and I laughed and cried and was confused in equal measure.
Aug 05, 2015 Taube rated it really liked it
"A poem is only a poem when someone only obscures
their feelings and asks someone else to explain and
then answer to them."

Aug 19, 2013 Ruby rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, ba, here, 2013
"I nearly faint from the love I nearly was capable of."

(first half YES, second half meh)
Nov 13, 2016 Maud rated it really liked it
hi guess what this book was so beautiful and mad.
It reminded me a little of the Patricia Lockwood book Balloon Pop Outlaw Black that i just recently finished, in that it's a little hard for me to recognize a narrative out of the poems but the sentences and phrases and wordplay and images are stunning.
Zhang's poems are lustful and dirty and generous and fun. really liked this one. the titles of her poems alone could be poems:
-My Mother Leaves me a Message Where She Pronounces All Romance Languag
Mar 12, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
There were a few poems in here that were interesting, but many that just seemed like long lists of things you can do with your body, generally gross. I'm not opposed to you talking about about poop or blow-jobs, I just didn't ever get to a point. Trying to be shocking, trying to gross, trying to be unique? I'm not sure but it didn't do much of anything for me.
Sara Jane
Oct 09, 2014 Sara Jane rated it liked it
So smart and clever and stylistically inspiring sometimes, but it seems to be trying a little too hard to be gross or racy or both (so many turd references and so many drops of the c-word, but I guess it's poetry so it's okay? I'm unsure).
Apr 04, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
several of the poems in this collection knocked me down a flight of stairs, covered me in junk mail, and left me wondering what exactly just happened. I like that.
Dena Guzman
Jun 18, 2012 Dena Guzman rated it really liked it
Jenny's poems are off the hook. Well crafted little droplets of weirdness. There's something very tender here, too. Read this.
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Jenny Zhang was born in Shanghai and raised in Queens.
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