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I am so, so grateful to my friend Zhi Yi Cham for introducing me to poetry. Before I met Zhi at the Canberra launch of Voiceworks #104 'Cake' , I thought poetry was too complicated or irrelevant. In 2016, the only poets I knew were Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats and Yeats. Zhi's poem 'soft-boiled' was the first that truly resonated with me. She later introduced me to Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds , the first poetry collection I ever read. I remember reading one poem a night. It was that intense. You can read a selection here . Over the years, I made more poet friends who then introduced me to more poets. I added to my shelves and bookmarks. A very incomplete list but some of my favourites include: Night Sky With Exit Wounds  by Ocean Vuong blur by the   by Zhi Yi Cham When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon   by Jennifer Nguyen House A   and  Moon   by Jennifer S. Cheng Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick   by Courtney Sina Meredit

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