Reaching for my Gnu poetry book

Anna Chen poetry eBook Reaching for my Gnu on AmazonUK Kindle — £2.24
UK Paperback — £9.99
US Kindle — $3.99

FEED YOUR KINDLE —  Reading for the beach, park, garden or sandpit.

Aaaargh! Press has published Reaching for my Gnu, Anna Chen’s funny and often hilarious collection of poetry, for Kindle on Amazon here. In good old-fashioned analogue hard copy (pub Feb 2013).



“THE POEMS IN THIS COLLECTION are graceful, muscular, playful, rich in both emotional depth and intellectual rigour; brimful of righteous anger and piercing wit; intent on revitalising both the truism that ‘the political is personal’ and its obverse – that the personal is political – by gleefully annihilating any notional barriers remaining between the two.” CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY

“Brilliant and dangerous. Anna Chen operates one wild-ride roller coaster that soars to altitudes of unfettered wit and then plunges with a startling and implacably knowing anger … ‘What work of depravity is a man who amasses more than he can spend in a lifespan?’ Her deck of cultural references includes Poe and Freud, Stalin and Hemingway, junk food, Marlon Brando, Moby Dick, and Anna May Wong, and she deals these cards face up with an unerring sense of history uniquely coupled with a perception that’s as topical as tomorrow.” MICK FARREN

“Anna Chen is fighting the good fight with fierce, funny, moving and sulphurous poems. You wouldn’t want to cross her, but you want to read her.” HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS

” … heartfelt, funny, satirical, accessible and strong.” LABOUR BRIEFING

“ It’s saucy, devilish and delightful!” MY ASIAN PLANET

“Anna Chen’s poetry wears wet leathers, red lipstick, stilettos – and is heavily armed. Her slim volume, Reaching for My Gnu, is filled with what I’d call ‘strap-on poems’. They look like an evening’s easy pleasure but are far more painful and unforgettable than you’d bargained for.” GREG PALAST in VICE MAGAZINE

“Fucking brilliant. I couldn’t put it down.” WILKO JOHNSON

“Love Anna Chen’s art and work….” ANGIE BOWIE

“… a strange rendezvous of language, wit, and the imagination. … She fully integrates the movingly personal, the vibrantly social and the diablolically political. Her rhyming is frequently quasi-Byronic, full of surprise and acerbic invention … Burning words, full of life and truth.” CHRIS SEARLE MORNING STAR

“It’s saucy, devilish and delightful!” MY ASIAN PLANET


“Cutting edge” STEWART LEE

“Very witty” GRAHAM NORTON

“Charming, witty and sophisticated.” SUNDAY TIMES

“Hard hitting and often hilarious … arresting … engrossing and provoking.” THE SCOTSMAN

“… sensitive, intelligent … insistent and illuminating.” THE HERALD

“It’s the stuff of brilliant satire … riveting.” THE LIST

” … refreshingly original …” SUNDAY TELEGRAPH “A charismatic and attractive performer … original, amusing, rude and rousing.” MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

eBook here

Anna is a regular at the St Ives Arts and Literature Festivals and the Farrago Poetry Slam as a feature poet. Other poetry appearances include the Oxford University Poetry Society; the Oxford Radical Forum; Apples and Snakes; the Royal National Maritime Museum; the Stoke Newington Literature Festival. Live Dates here.

VIDEO: Wilko Johnson gives his reaction to Reaching for my Gnu

See more of Anna’s poetry videos here.


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