“Metamorphoses: A Poetry Collection”
This collection consists of seven poems, inspired by characters and themes across the Literature Humanities syllabus. Writing this meant a lot to me, especially in light of the rising anti-Chinese sentiment in the US and overseas surrounding COVID-19. I wanted to celebrate who I was and where I came from. I am someone who grew up thinking that loving English literature meant purging myself of my Chinese heritage, but within this act of debating and interacting with Western canonical texts, I’m realizing there is a space for everyone. I was determined to carve out a place in this very white, very Eurocentric consciousness that the syllabus exists in, for people who looked like me. I titled the poetry collection Metamorphoses partially because in my mind I was generating new metaphors between the ancient and the contemporary: I wanted to follow how messages from these classical texts have been transformed in our modern contexts. I also think the process transformed the way I thought about and grappled with these texts. Poetry is a cathartic exercise. To some extent, it transformed me.
About the Author: Holly Qu
Holly Qu (CC’24) is a prospective English major hailing from Shenzhen, China. She endured a year of taking Literature Humanities at 2 AM her time, which also happens to be when she feels most inspired to write poetry. She is a writer for Spectator and copy editor for CURJ.