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Wendy Xu is the author of Phrasis (Fence Books Ottoline Prize, 2017) and You Are Not Dead, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2013. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, jubilat, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, The Volta, and elsewhere. She received the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry in 2011, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2014. She lives in New York City.

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You Are Not Dead

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Phrasis

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The Hero Poems

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Naturalism

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“Here in This New Place Is Your Memory"

For P. Smith

Here in this new place it is reasonable to own
a dog or to tell somebody you've been needing
them less. A tree is always on a journey
toward becoming a better tree, limbs waving like eager sails
on an anchored ship. It is sad when you understand that nothing
else can come along. It is worse when you care
a little less. What you love requires a prioritized list, thus
that nothing is equal but to itself. And you are equal to a dangerous
ivory moon. Here there is sacrifice on the doorstep
of beauty. Here there is an altar made of sand. It dismantles
no less than itself to please the sea.”
Wendy Xu, You Are Not Dead

“And Then It Was Less Bleak Because We Said So"

Today there has been so much talk of things exploding
into other things, so much that we all become curious, that we
all run outside into the hot streets
and hug. Romance is a grotto of eager stones
anticipating light, or a girl whose teeth
you can always see. With more sparkle and pop
is the only way to live. Your confetti tongue explodes
into acid jazz. Small typewriters
that other people keep in their eyes
click away at all our farewell parties. It is hard
to pack for the rest of your life. Someone is always
eating cold cucumber noodles. Someone will drop by later
to help dismantle some furniture. A lot can go wrong
if you sleep or think, but the trees go on waving
their broken little hands.”
Wendy Xu, You Are Not Dead

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