Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing



Jan, 05 2018 | no responses

Xu’s politics are more apparent than those of some other poets, adding satisfying layers to the work, and handling the tension of multilingualism in thrilling ways.

Letter from Nine Mile

Nov, 17 2017 | no responses

Outside my window, a crane breaks / the last jigsaws of ice. Morning comes, / it always does, the rabbits scurry down / their narrow holes to live their underground lives.

Impossible Map out of the Basement

Nov, 17 2017 | no responses

What have I // transferred to you, dear listener? Is this / our odyssey together, or have I hitched you // to my now-naked side? I am sorry. Maybe.


Nov, 17 2017 | no responses

How their faces were cut out / then cinched in the center with a drawstring // And how all my ideas, dilemmas, doubts / I held most dear would be erased in five days’ time

From Destruction of Man

Nov, 17 2017 | no responses

with the wainscoting of the field / peopled with crapped out rigs / just some boil wheel ass half implements improving / towards a satisfaction the bog bug bites on / one defamed mange face wanderer

Playing Monster :: Seiche

Nov, 10 2017 | no responses

Narratives of trauma seem especially marked by the uncanny or unreal. The traumatized self is haunted by impressions of past harm that shiver out of view, appearing in the present as new panic and dread. In remembering old pain, we experience a partial failure of sight and long for sharper vision.

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