As I take my digital labour of love – Classic Jenisms – into 2017, I have decided to take part in my first WordPress Discover Challenge.
In the spirit of a brand new year, the challenge is titled ‘Retrospective’, and the Editors are asking us bloggers to “look back over our past years’ worth of blogging… to build on or synthesize our best work of 2016”. Since I’ve only ever published prose on this blog, I figured that it’d be a nice change for me to write a ‘found’ poem using lines from my 10 most popular posts to date. For ease of reference, I have hyperlinked all of the lines to their original posts.
I hope you enjoy it, and in contrary to my customary urge of offering ‘literary critique’, I will leave you, dear readers, to ‘interpret’and glean from it whatever you will. 🙂
Retrospective – 2016: A Year in Tough Loves
Act I – At home
Sometimes, I just want a place to read while chilling out or waiting for friends.
Well you go right ahead and move away then, Missus, if you think you’re so independent and shit.
“Mom, are you crying?”
“You’re a bitch.”
“Oh, your colleagues welcome you.
Your students admire you, are loyal (now). For three
Or four months they will
Depend on you, they will
Accompany you, they will
Grow fond of you, and then they will go
Act II – At work
You don’t care??
Shakespeare is but a knee-jerk apotheosis of women, or worse, a glib cop-out that attempts to mollify us modern-day bluestockings with slapdash flattery.
Miss Jen –
Act III – In the moment
And I clammed up, channelled my inner nerd and stocked up on novels and memoirs about people who couldn’t be more different than me and went through them one after another allowing myself no breathing space in between like a bunny on steroids:
When your bedtime agony is about deliberating
A ‘micro and ball-fiber pillow’
and a ‘feather and down pillow’,
That’s how you can tell humanity has made
Real leaps and
Since the d-
-wn of time.
The top 10 posts referenced here (+ 1 bonus):
- Interview with Daniel Lee, owner of HK Reader & the Coming Society
- ‘You’re a bitch’: On taking mom for granted
- A portrait of my father as a practical man: introducing Papa Chan
- Does reading make you a ‘better’ person?
- How reading made me happy again, aka a bibliophile’s bibliotherapy
- What I learned from one year of being Miss Jen
- The skinny on mental illness
- Why I love Lisbon. Lisboa. Lish-boo-ah.
- 3 things I learned from reading 50 books in 15 months
- Falling in love with dead white men
- What it feels like when someone tells you to “just sit there and not speak”