Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Asian American Studies. "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. I'm happy to have read this book."—James Tate
"There's a wild and wondrous poet plundering-through our lives, collecting the oddest and most significant things, turning our thoughts toward things we couldn't 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 otherworldly 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 Xu's poems posit for us a future, a presence, a body resistant to the ravages of time. Mortality is a far planet. Here in Xu's work, we are passionately, and gratefully, alive."—D. A. Powell
About the Author
Wendy Xu is the author of the chapbook The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N, 2011) and co-author of the collaborative chapbook I Was Not Even Born (Coconut Books, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review; Third Coast; Forklift, Ohio; CutBank; The American Poetry Journal; MAKE; and elsewhere. She currently studies in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst and is the co-editor and publisher of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books.