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Today's poem is "Here in This New Place Is Your Memory"
from You Are Not Dead

Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and two chapbooks: The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N) and I Was Not Even Born (Coconut Books, 2013), a collaboration with Nick Sturm. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Columbia Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2013, and elsewhere. She co-edits and publishes iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books, and lives in Western Massachusetts.

Other poems by Wendy Xu in Verse Daily:
March 18, 2012:   "Where the Hero Speaks to Others" "Dear mailbox. I have abandoned the task. There is no more glory..."

Books by Wendy Xu:

Other poems on the web by Wendy Xu:
Three poems
"Great Cloud"
Three poems
"If You Feel That Living Is A Little Bit Sad"
Three poems
"Red Car in the Future"
"You Are Not Who They Wanted You To Be" (audio)
"A Poem about New York on Occasion of Leaving New York"
"In Case of Emergency Open Your Eyes"
"Mountain Poem"
Six poems
Two poems
"Several Altitudes of Not Talking"
Three poems
"In the Year the Hero Becomes a Fixture of His Landscape"
"Love Poem of Icarus in Space"
"The Total Number of Things that Matter is on the Rise"
"Spring With A Locked Jaw and Fevered Light"
Three poems from The Dream Horse

Wendy Xu's Website.

Wendy Xu on Twitter.

About You Are Not Dead:

"In You Are Not Dead Wendy Xu breaks all the old rules that have never done us any favors anyway. She writes beautifully, noticing who we are, and letting us see ourselves with a little more humanity, a little more humor, a little more humility. Im happy to have read this book."
—James Tate

"Theres a wild and wondrous poet plundering-through our lives, collecting the oddest and most significant things, turning our thoughts toward things we couldnt have known before she turned us toward them. You Are Not Dead is precisely how this book can get you to feel and that is an almost other-worldly power. The poet who imagines and builds these poems is irresistible."
—Dara Wier

"That fluctuating space between the temporary and the infinite is an erogenous zone made all the more enticing when articulated so eloquently. We have a lifespan and O how we live it out. Wendy Xus poems posit for us a future, a presence, a body resistant to the ravages of time. Mortality is a far planet. Here in Xus work, we are passionately, and gratefully, alive."
—D. A. Powell



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