Shelf Life Magazine

The first pangs of manhood were on me.

Like earthworms rising after too much rain, all secrets eventually come to light.  I have had a poem appear in Shelf Life Magazine under a pen name, Feng Zhe (冯哲).  Of course, there’s nothing too remarkable about pseudonyms anymore… I’ve been using one all along.

If fact, as I think about it, I’ve had an affinity for anonymity for a long time.  Back in Grade 6 I handed in papers signed “Dr. Phernafus Sherpa.”  In Grade 8, it was “Bertram ‘Daddy’ Finx.”  In high school, it was variously “The Flying Dutchman,” “The Giant Mouse of Minsk,” “J.S. Eyefarm,” and “Tom Kat” (of Tom Kat’s Social Club).  And of course, there’s Jack…

If you’re up for a peek at the poem, you can find it here, along with other fine pieces of writing.  The title is “Poem: Diary of a Madman,” based on a story by the same name, written by the influential Chinese writer, Lu Xun.



About jackfrey
Jack Frey lives somewhere in Northeast Asia with his wife and two young boys. He finds the letter K to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the consonants, in both its upper and lowercase forms. Like many of us, he is currently seeking publication of his first novel.

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