The Metropolis of Glass by Chloe Lee

Metropolis of Glass


‘Her phone lost connection
The moment the doors banged shut.
It was then she saw her.
Not under the usual circumstances,
Distracted by her phone, or
Distracted by her watch, but
Just as she was.’

The Metropolis of Glass is a poetry collection penned over four years by alumna Chloe Lee (English Literature and Language, 2016). It ranges across diverse topics, from divorce and infidelity to our rising use of social media in the digital age. The collection of poetry offers an insight into the negative impacts of digitalisation on society, and particularly on the younger generation. Inspired by John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice, Chloe Lee’s Metropolis of Glass has been described as a ‘poignant and relevant read.’

Chloe Lee

Of the collection, Chloe said: ‘every single poem behind The Metropolis of Glass has a story, I hope my poems can bring joy to other people.’

On her time at King’s, Chloe added: ‘King’s knows what it’s doing, as it was one of the first universities to offer English Literature as a subject. I was also given many opportunities when I joined the student Public Awareness and Social Services society.’

Chloe’s tips for any aspiring poets amongst our alumni community?

‘Don’t hesitate, just write! At the same time, read a lot and see how other poets write. Share your poems with friends – support is really important. I would like to thank everyone who has read what I have written, the support has kept me going.’

Metropolis of Glass is available on Amazon.