And Then It Was Less Bleak Because We Said So

By Wendy Xu b. 1987 Wendy Xu
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, "And Then It Was Less Bleak Because We Said So" from You Are Not Dead. Copyright © 2013 by Wendy Xu.  Reprinted by permission of Cleveland State University Press Poetry Center.

Source: You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Press Poetry Center, 2013)

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Poet Wendy Xu b. 1987

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Classic Love, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Nature, Trees & Flowers, Weather

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Born in China, poet Wendy Xu was raised in New York and Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a BA, and she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Xu’s collection You Are Not Dead (2013) was profiled as one of the year’s best debuts by Poets & Writers Magazine. She is also the author of the chapbooks I Was Not Even Born (2013, coauthored with Nick Sturm) and The Hero . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Classic Love, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Nature, Trees & Flowers, Weather

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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