Andrew Chi Keong Yim


Andrew Chi Keong Yim was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has been a middle school English teacher in Boston and New York City. Starting in the fall, he will be the Martha Meier Renk Distinguished Graduate Fellow in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Source

excerpt from “Poet Laureate of This Costco”

It is both on-brand and honest

for me to call this gray warehouse

the most beautiful thing for miles.


I mean aisles.


Rows of bulk to clean and feed           your family.


I go looking for something
and I find it


but it’s way too heavy
to try to carry home.


An Almond Roca melts forever in my gongong’s jacket pocket.
All summer since Popo died.


In moments of personal and national catastrophe, it is my job to tweet:
“Catch me crunching croissants at a crossroads.”


I am not on Twitter.

I am stacking glossy boxes in a cart with one bum wheel.


I am examining assorted shrink-wrapped muffins.

These muffins are Asian American cuisine.
Especially the double chocolate.


I am testing Kirkland socks for hand-feel.
These are Asian American socks.


In 1942, Isamu Noguchi drives himself into the desert of his own volition.
He is not allowed to leave.


This is an Asian America story.


Costco Iwilei is the busiest Costco in the nation, an Asian American fact.

Its pizza is the best pizza in Hawaii, but the bar is low.


Yes, I will sample anything in a small enough cup.


Where there is need

there is devotion.

I was raised a short walk away.         I’ve taken dates to this food court.

In Queens, I am never far.


On bad days, the gas lines stretched further away than my mother’s apartment.

No ocean in sight.


It was my job to push the cart.

I have history.
It’s so nice to have a place.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:




Humor & Satire


Memory & The Past

Literary Devices:


exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally


a situation that seems to contradict itself


a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry


Needs a definition