Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon The joy of friendship, family, dignity of craft, & the mechanics of desire YMMV Your mileage may vary
“A once-in-a-generation talent”—self Yes Don’t feel bad about yourself
Wut r ur pronouns ||| none do not refer to me Ok . . Chiaroscuro like the sausage
Spoiler in a race for student government The James Soong of law school politics
Youth on a pedestal your friend creighton can pass for a chinese a korean baby found on a bench sounds like part of Biden’s stump speech Where is Hunter Biden ?????
All sentiment is anti-American Google your bf’s phone number You real Miss Independent Proud member of the obstructionist Democrat party The Do-Nothing Democrats Doing nothing sounds so good right now
Putty in your hands
Do you go to Waffle shop lol Sometimes it’s slightly overrated and always a line Lmao PSU students love breakfast for some reason
I wish I were a better baker It’s chemistry & I’m really bad at following formulae I’m drawn to the tastiness & the smells & the beauty of it I’m attracted to the irreversibility of it Sure, you can save it sometimes But if you leave out this or that thing It could be a hot mess
When I was young I was on the front page of the local paper I was pictured at the front of the pack, running through the school gates to mark the first day of school I’ve actually never seen the photo I remember them posing us & setting it up I’d like to think I was wearing a cute rugby & nice pants But I was wearing my uniform, of course Everything I know about my time on the cover Is through word-of-mouth Jealous friends, parents, general haters It won’t be my last time on the front page I know that for damn sure
He was just starting out with fiction-writing so he ax me for writing tips I found myself using key phrases like world-building Overwritten, overdone, overexplaining No matchy-matchy, punchier phrases, vary sentence length You have to move the conversation forward The talking points of life I’m so obsessed with world-building
Memories are like cells ; ; ; ; ; ; always replaced by new ones
It’s bad to fall in love with who somebody could be & not who they are now Matte black cherry exactement
He sucks me high & dry Ichor drip drip Puts his mouth on my wound Speaks into it A rip-off, a con The deck was stacked The books were cooked Wake up! It was all a shell game Nothing beats Chinese food & Cristal Got it? Any questions?
Living walls & that A5 Wagyu with excellent marbling beguiling seductive that exquisite bestest I feel so inside you Shake Shack tossed my salad Land O’Lakes all infinite loop Muscles bursting Tom of Finland German board games flourishing Haven’t we learned our lesson! Sapiosexuals trending You’re just an overgrown orangutan! There’s only so far a pendulum can swing before it starts going in the opposite direction
White people & their hand-wringing over Kaepernick Favorite things blowjobs & cough syrup “But he’s half white!” You thought CRT was a kind of Cadillac You said Black Mountain College is where delinquents play with horses I’m the last person in the world to need Grammarly!
MICHAEL CHANG (they/them) is the proud recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, & the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Their writing has been published or is forthcoming in the Vassar Review, Minnesota Review, Santa Clara Review, Summerset Review, Heavy Feather Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Juked, Radar, LandLocked, Poet Lore, Ninth Letter, Hobart, & many others.