Kirsten Shu-ying Chen's searing debut collection offers a poignant exploration of the liminal space between what is holy and what is prosaic. Formalistically rich and varied, these poems do not blink in the face of grief, but shelter there. Chen "curse[s] the wide width of the wound" and creates a world in which her poems link arms to enter the blistering present. A demonstration of the daily rituals of love, these elegies swell with humanity as death draws near. "The body knows. / The night knows and the body listens." Light waves simultaneously reminds us of what we already know and what we too often forget: there just isn't enough time, and yet, an abundance of joy is everywhere, for each of us.
--Omotara James, Song of My Softening
Kirsten Shu-ying Chen is a poet, screenwriter and producer. She holds an MFA from the New School and was a finalist for the Autumn House Press Poetry Chapbook Prize, the PANK little books prize and the Grist Nonfiction Pro Forma contest. Her original screenplay Rebel Rebel was a Sundance Episodic Lab finalist, scored a prestigious '8' on the Black List, and was a finalist for the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices award as well as the International Screenwriter's Association's Fast Track Fellowship. Her poetry can be found in Best American Poetry, Hanging Loose Press, Lantern Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. Light waves is her debut full-length poetry book.
By Kirsten Shu-ying Chen. Paperback. 104 pages. Published by Terrapin Books, 2022.