My poem “The Designs of Designer Baby” is available to read in Uncanny Magazine!
The poem is about reclaiming your identity after living for other people all your (very, very long) life. I got the idea for it over a year ago, when I first read a news story about scientists editing the genomes of human embryos to make them “perfect”. Why did this hit me so hard? I didn’t know, but the idea burrowed into my mind and refused to leave.
It was only after I started travelling around Asia that I realized what I wanted to say. In Vietnam, I visited the War Remnants Museum, which is a must-see if you ever find yourself in Ho Chi Minh City. It was a deeply emotional experience, and I’m still processing what I saw. That experience, among other ones—like going to China and seeing, with my now-adult eyes, how certain family dynamics get passed down from generation to generation—shaped the poem into what it became.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from this issue:
- “Apathetic Goblin Nightmare Woman” by Cassandra Khaw
- “The Shape of the Darkness As It Overtakes Us” by Dimas Ilaw
- “Making Us Monsters” by Sam J. Miller and Lara Elena Donnelly