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Lambda Literary Review by Jason Schneiderman
Ching-In Chenâ€™s debut collection of poems is a sprawling and ambitious work .... I found myself admiring the book for being so satisfyingly messy, for allowing itself to sprawl and digress and experiment and explore .... Iâ€™m always glad to see identity politics become nuanced, rather than abandonedâ€”since our differences donâ€™t go away, they just get more complicated. The book presents identity as being uncontainable, with permeable boundariesâ€”sexuality rubs up against nationality, ethnicity, gender, generation and many other categories. We canâ€™t return to a easy ideas of who we are, and if thereâ€™s one thing that Chen avoids, itâ€™s easy ideas.