This week’s Featured Poet: Wendy Kwok


I’ll let Wendy introduce herself!

“I’m nineteen and sometimes I fear this defines me; it is a cusp cradling everything that I know, telling me I am too young to know better. Sometimes I fancy I am growing out of my own skin because I am like a beanstalk shooting up to a place I do not understand, and I have been replanted half the world away from home and I fear I will never find a place to belong to. A lot of what I do is worry. I like to worry at my thoughts, at my fingernails, at the corners of books, at my bottom lip - I am the picky tactile sort and I don’t know what more to say about myself, because I am still not looking in the right places for myself and I am turning up bits and pieces under stones and broken bricks and finding a piece of myself there. I am not totally found, but I don’t think we ever will be. We are constantly looking for ourselves. But this is a biography and it is supposed to be about me, but my mind works in such a way that I go off on a tangent and forget where the circle was [not that divergent directions aren't valuable in themselves.] I am told I think too much and sometimes I believe it; but I can’t say I’m unhappy with that.”

You can see Wendy’s work at her deviantART site. Here’s one of her poems…

Puzzle

there is yearning
in the way light falls
on your face.

the parts of my heart
you have not touched
are grabbing onto wisps of
wistful wishing, handfuls

of dreams in heads
full of hoping, every word
a grain of millet
in unforgiving wind.

there are traces
where i have walked,
footprints and heartstrings
you will not remember and

i wish you would look at me
and see how i am leaving myself
everywhere

so you might pick up the pieces

Want to see YOUR poems featured here? Drop me an email, and include at least three — send it to claire@onenightstanzas.com, and I’ll do my best to get back to you about it as soon as I can!

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8 Responses to “This week’s Featured Poet: Wendy Kwok”

  1. Wendy Kwok Says:

    Hi Claire - many thanks again for the feature, and have a very Merry Christmas! <3

  2. Wendy Kwok Says:

    ps. Claire there’s a typo in the bio! ‘have be’ instead of ‘have been’.

  3. Claire Says:

    Hey Wendy, thanks for the heads-up… I fixed it. Merry Christmas to you too! x

  4. Crafty Green Poet Says:

    19? Wow. Incredibly mature poetry for your age, Wendy! Wishing you lots of success in the future.

  5. Wendy Kwok Says:

    Claire - anyime! And thank you.

    Crafty Green Poet - thank you most kindly. I’ll definitely keep working hard at it.

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