April 25, 2018

Floyd Cheung

IMMIGRANT ENGLISH PROFESSOR’S LAMENT ON ASSIMILATION

Sometimes life is so middle-class normal I write
in standard English fucking iambic pentameter
except that one word is a fucking spondee.

from Rattle #58, Winter 2017
Tribute to Immigrant Poets

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Floyd Cheung: “Raised speaking Cantonese in Hong Kong, I learned English by watching Sesame Street in our house in Las Vegas, whose windows were shielded with aluminum foil to make it dark enough for my parents to sleep whenever they could between their several jobs. Now I find myself a professor of English, and I sometimes turn to poetry to meditate on how I arrived at the life I’m now living.” (web)

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