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The Flapper Press Poetry Café: The Poetry of Alex Phuong

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

By Annie Newcomer:

The Flapper Press Café features the work of poets from around the globe. Today we highlight the poems of Alex Phuong.

Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Los Angeles, in 2015 and was a former Statement Magazine editor writing about literature, film, and culture. He has written film reviews for more than three hundred motion pictures for and has contributed articles to His writing has appeared in The Bookends Review and The Society of Classical Poets.

Alex wants to inspire others, and he was published for the first time while earning his Associate of Arts in English at Pasadena City College the same year that he graduated in 2013. Emma Stone's performance inspired Alex to submit writing actively to publications after hearing the Oscar-nominated song “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from the Best Picture nominee La La Land (2016). He now writes with the sincerest hope to inspire readers while fully supporting the ones who dare to pursue their dreams.

We reached out to Alex to ask him about his influences and inspirations.

How and when did you come to Poetry?

AP: I started becoming interested in being a poet at the age of twenty when I was a Pasadena City College student in 2011 and saw advertisements for submitting creative writing to Inscape Magazine, which is the campus literary magazine. What do you hope a poet will take away from your poems?

AP: I hope that readers will acquire the inspiration to pursue their dreams no matter how hard nor how rough real life might seem.


Even though people live their lives day by day, sometimes they forget that they are actually animals. In case readers do not know, people are actually mammals and part of the normal and natural animal kingdom. Modern life itself might have its challenges, but people could still animate their own lives. Therefore, please enjoy the following poems about how people shift from youthful innocence to more adult maturity.

Stuffed Animals

Teddy bears

Care bears

Special toy stories

Cherished childhood memories

Clinging onto

Youthful innocence

Despite the passage of time,

Age is a number

More or less

For experiencing child-like


Makes people


Where time went

And how young life

Had been spent

If people





The Wonders of Life


Sheer iridescence

Glistening like diamonds

Be the diamond in the rough

Exhibit fiery flamboyance

but never be an exhibitionist

Be bold

Artistic and majestic

Don't be blue

Just be you!


Human beings are animals

Supposedly the dominant species


People are still creatures

And some lack the willingness

To care for one another

Yet the ones who care

Are truly the world

Be a beacon of hope for humanity


FlapperPress launches the Flapper Press Poetry Café.

Presenting a wide range of poetry with a mission to promote a love and understanding of poetry for all. We welcome submissions for compelling poetry and look forward to publishing and supporting your creative endeavors. Submissions may also be considered for the Pushcart Prize.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Share at least three (3) poems

2. Include a short bio of 50–100 words, written in the third person.

(Plus any website and links.)

3. Share a brief backstory on each submitted poem

4. Submit an Author's photo and any images you want to include with the poems

5. Send all submissions and questions to:

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