Featured Poem

The Fried Chicken
by Jennifer Anne Champion


The Fried Chicken was first discovered shortly after the extinction of the Fried Dodo bird.

The Fried Chicken can reach a ground speed of about 15 km/hr and in flight it could reach up to 25 km/hr or more, depending on who’s throwing it.

The Fried Chicken has survived because of its diversity and its ability to adapt.

You can find it in a variety of habitats, for example, a lush, green salad. Or in groups of five or more, as they do in Buffalo. Or occasionally hiding in the tundra of your refrigerator, but not for long.

The Fried Chicken is both solitary and gregarious.

The Fried Chicken should not be confused with the chicken nugget.

Chicken nugget is dead chicken.
The Fried Chicken is alive, with flavour.

Catching The Fried Chicken requires cunning, quick thinking, and crossing the road as good Fried Chicken invariably lives on the other side of your house.

Many purveyors of The Fried Chicken advertise authenticity and tasteful refinement such as to be found in Kentucky.

However, it is useful to note that one cannot be certain one has encountered The Fried Chicken if it does not have a head.

Real Fried Chicken has a head.

And a face.

But the best Fried Chicken, might even have a name.

Now, not many people know this but The Fried Chicken is an endangered speci.
And there have been horrific experiments when it comes to its procreation.

Some experiments have included:
stuffing mushroom
inside bacon
inside The Fried Chicken.

But many experts believe that the only thing that should be stuffed in The Fried Chicken is The Fried Chicken.

And naysayers should just take that chicken and stuff it in their mouths.

It takes one hen to make an egg,
It takes two hands to make an omelette.

The Fried Chicken – nature’s best kept recipe.


Reprinted with permissions from author and publisher, “The Fried Chicken” was first published in A History of Clocks (red wheelbarrow books, 2015).




Jennifer Anne Champion

Jennifer Anne Champion is a writer and performance poet. She has been described by Juice Magazine as gifted with “swift, animated style.” In 2015, she released her first solo work of poetry – A History of Clocks (red wheelbarrow books, 2015). Jennifer’s curatorial essays have also been published by galleries in Italy, Switzerland and Singapore, and her articles have appeared in Esquire Magazine. She is currently working on her second collection of poetry with Math Paper Press titled Caterwaul, due for release in 2016.


About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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