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Episode 52: Mary Jean Chan prescribes Adrienne Rich’s DEDICATIONS + Chen Chen’s WINTER

Mary Jean ChanToday in the Poetry Pharmacy, we had a visit from Mary Jean Chan

Mary Jean’s work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Ambit, The Rialto, The London Magazine, Callaloo and elsewhere. She is also a Co-Editor at Oxford Poetry.

Her poem “//” is currently shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She also recently won the Poetry Society Members’ Competition, as well as the Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition

Mary Jean brought in Adrienne Rich’s poem “Dedications” to read and discuss. We also talked about our love for the poet Chen Chen and read his poem “Winter“, followed by a reading of Mary Jean’s own poem “Self-Portrait”, a poem I’ve recently been by-heart dosing myself on

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Also, in the next year, I’m trying to raise funds for the S.H.E College Fund initiative in Kenya by learning 52 poems in 52 weeks. Here is my 52 Poems in 52 Weeks Donations Page: 

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[Theme music for the podcast is from Vladimir Martynov’s The Beatitudes played by the wonderful coversart on YouTube]