Earth Light: I

By Lynn Xu Lynn Xu
Doors open and shut.
Weve come to the place where nothing shines.
I hear eternity
Is self-forgetting.  Interiors warm with the nightmare of guests and poetry
And you.  Everything darkly
Reverent years of reading about death eluded.
Back from the ear sidestepping your bullets bloom in on ye lay
Rock.  Rud.  Spread
So swiftly tastes like mud.  Dredged mud off
The corpse sled hushed down woodsmoke.
Said the stars thrum on Marie
Marie.  Hold on tight.
In the depths of outer space
Is man.

Lynn Xu, “Earth Light: I ” from Debts & Lessons. Copyright © 2013 by Lynn Xu. Reprinted by permission of Omnidawn Publishing.

Source: Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2013)

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Poet Lynn Xu

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Living, Death, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

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Born in Shanghai, poet Lynn Xu earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA at Brown University.  She received a Catherine and William L. Magistretti Fellowship and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for her doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Influenced by surrealism, philosophy, and critical theory, Xu composes poems engaged with structure on an intimate level.  Poet Ben Lerner, in . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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