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 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 MovieBoozer.com and has contributed articles to Mindfray.com. 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.
Special toy stories
Cherished childhood memories
Despite the passage of time,
Age is a number
More or less
For experiencing child-like
Where time went
And how young life
Had been spent
The Wonders of Life
Glistening like diamonds
Be the diamond in the rough
Exhibit fiery flamboyance
but never be an exhibitionist
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.
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
4. Send all submissions and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org