Jess X. Chen
In a Tabriz living room, your mother
embroiders flowers on to a canvas pouch,
packs it with pistachios and mails it
to your Brooklyn apartment. You mail
back a painting, unfinished, & invite her
to embroider threads of saffron upon it
and send it back. It would be the closest
  thing, you said, to touching her hand.
Jess X Chen is a multi-disciplinary artist/activist, filmmaker and poet. Her work exposes narratives of diasporic time travel, intimacy and collective protest by connecting the traumas between the queer and colored body and the body of the Earth. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, her poetry has appeared in The Offing, The Margins and Nepantla A Journal For Queer Poets of Color and her murals have appeared in the LA Times and on indoor and outdoor walls throughout the US. She is currently working on her first chapbook, Sing Me A Time Machine.

more by Jess X. Chen:
First Day of Spring 2016
If Cygnus were a Refugee