Debts & Lessons by Lynn Xu

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The poems in Lynn Xu’s striking debut collection, Debts & Lessons, travel under the power of history’s illusory engine and echo its ululations of love, violence, and lament. Named after the first part of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, this book also finds its way across oceans and between languages, as the poet looks to the dead for guidance amid the abstractions of contemporary life. Xu pays her phantoms (and her readers) with the dream-currency of hallucinatory songs, which balance her finely-tuned ear against a world of awakenings.

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Lynn Xu has an MFA from Brown University and is a PhD candidate at the University of California-Berkeley. She is an editor at Canarium Books. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Published April 1, 2013 by Omnidawn. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“Language exists because nothing exists between those/ who express themselves,” Xu announces in the first sequence of her debut, wherein “The rustling of form is a sign of voice” and “The earth [is] a

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Drawing the title of her first book from the opening section of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, Canarium Books coeditor Xu offers an inte

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