Celebrating Poetry and My Book’s Launch in April!

April is National Poetry Month AND the month where illustrator April Chu and I are launching our debut picture book SUMMONING THE PHOENIX: Poems & Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments! We’re having FOUR book parties in the San Francisco Bay Area and there are also other events soon to be confirmed. To celebrate National Poetry Month and our new shiny book, I’m sharing part of a list poem I wrote for Summoning the Phoenix. The poem is called “Being Backstage” and here’s the first stanza:

Now I must dress up:
Shiny black shoes,
Neatly pressed concert dress
Or crisp trousers, button-down shirt,
And a bow tie
Bow ties are cool.

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