Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. "The poems in this collection play word against words, expression against frame. Is language a form of thought-bondage? How can poems escape and bring us closer to the personal and the possibility of intimacy? PHRASIS might form an answer; Xu writes: 'My source text was unresponsive and so varying methods, slashed it / pink instead.' Her poems provide a way out and in: they slide in the making, a kind of sleight-of-hand inside the mind of language, freeing us to imagine and slice or 'likewise lurch / and stutter'—marvelously so: 'tenderly / a finger set / to music.'"—Hoa Nguyen
Wendy Xu is the author of PHRASIS (Fence, 2017), YOU ARE NOT DEAD (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013), and several chapbooks, including NATURALISM (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015). Xu is also the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA